Dynamic vs. Static Stretching

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

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Welcome to Fear Ordinary!
I hope you enjoy my world of positive messages, fashion and realness. I love to share my life experiences and challenges. And hope that by sharing them, you will find you are not alone.

Thanks for stopping by!
xx Talita