Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching Explained

Hey guys!

As I’ve progressed with my workouts, I’ve started to research the most proactive ways to stretch.

Let’s face it – nobody has ever said “I can’t wait to stretch” after (or even before) an intense workout, haha!

Since stretching isn’t our favorite thing in the world – let’s at least make sure we are doing it right. Sound good?

There are two types of stretching:

  • STATIC STRETCHING
  • DYNAMIC STRETCHING.

Lets look at the differences between them and how these stretching techniques affect your workout.

Dynamic vs. Static Stretching

Static Stretch

Requires holding a stretch for 10 or more seconds while motionless (previously the most popular type of warm-up).

  • Focuses more on relaxing muscle & promoting flexibility.
  • Static stretch will benefit you post-workout as studies show that static stretching prior to a workout may decrease athletic performance.

Dynamic Stretch

Requires moving as you stretch (today’s most popular type of warm-up).

  • This stretch is beneficial pre-workout as it increases your heart rate, meaning it is essentially a form of cardio – bi-winning!
  • It warms up your muscles. Therefore, it improves athletic performance.

Although we may not love it, stretching should always be a part of our workouts.

Keep in mind, stretching, whether post or pre-workout, will not eliminate soreness.

Soreness is caused by micro-tears in the muscle and surrounding connective tissues which won’t be repaired through stretching.

Let’s avoid injuries, improve our performances and continue on our quest to a healthier lifestyle! =)

Don’t forget to comment below with any questions you may have on this subject – I’ll be happy to answer them!

xoxo

-Tali

Talita

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