Conflicting literature on the merits of static or dynamic stretches before working out has led to many a confusing time for anyone who actively dedicates time every day to getting fit. Now, new evidence has found that what we have been taught to believe of late may not be the end-all of the concern. There are benefits that explain why stretching before exercise is important, and we should all take notes.
The Right Way to Stretch Before Exercise
For generations, gym students were taught to stretch before working out or playing games. Then the practice fell out of favor: Studies seemed to show that such ‘‘static’’ stretching (holding a pose for anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes) temporarily reduces muscular power, weakens athletic performance and increases the risk of injury. So most fitness experts currently advise against static stretches before exercise. But now a comprehensive new review of decades’ worth of research indicates that they might not be such a bad idea after all. Read More…
Yes, we have all found solid reasons why stretching before exercise is important – but equally important is stretching right. Here are some stretching dos and don’ts to help you get the most out of the activity. Mind these reminders.
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