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.
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.
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!