Updated: Jun 4, 2019
When do you stretch? Read to find out if it's right...
One of the most overlooked preventative measures in the fitness industry is stretching. Far too many of us skip stretching because we are uneducated on the benefits and reasons we should be stretching. Here are some facts and reasons everyone should stretch daily.
It has been scientifically proven that stretching before exercising and warming up can be detrimental. It can reduce strength and resistance. It is recommended to stretch after exercising or at least after warming up. Stretching "cold" muscles can lead to injury. If your muscles are warm though, stretching properly can reduce injuries and give you better flexibility, range of motion, posture, and coordination.
Better Muscle Development
When exercising muscles contract and become shorter. Shorten tight muscles hurt more and deliver less strength than longer muscle. Stretching keeps muscles from shortening and ready to perform.
Regular stretching reduces the chance of injury by gradually elongating the muscle. If you’re more flexible then you’re less likely to pull or tear a muscle. If you slip or trip, your body is more apt to accommodate that position. In the short term it also helps to limber up the muscle and tendon and thereby helps prevent muscle or tendon injury.