Is it Better to Stretch Before or After a Workout? | Mobility Clinic New Jersey Orthopedics

As long as we can remember, we’ve been told to stretch before any type of physical exercise. From our childhood gym classes to our more current, advanced workouts, stretching is often the thing we neglect the most when exercising. Some people cite a lack of time, but for many it’s the fact that they are just simply not sure when it is the best

time to stretch.

The Research

In more recent years, research has shown that pre-exercise stretching may deter physical performance. While static stretching does have its benefits, such as improved posture and flexibility, the best time to perform this type of stretching is during the cool-down phase of your workout. It’s best to stretch muscles when they are properly warmed, and therefore more pliable.

Get Dynamic

According to research, you should begin your workouts with dynamic warm-ups to prepare your body for exercise. Stretching that includes the range of motion movements that are similar to movement-specific actions and resemble sport are dynamic stretches. Dynamic stretching helps the connective tissue around the muscles, increases the core body temperature and lengthens the fascia to prepare the body for an upcoming activity.

Is Flexibility Overrated?

Remember, the goal of stretching is to maintain and further develop an appropriate ROM (range of motion) around the joints. It’s important to note that strengthening weak muscles is just as important as strengthening tight muscles.

When choosing to stretch, you should customize a routine to best fit your needs. Be sure to stretch after exercising to help reduce any potential muscle imbalances. Begin with assessing your sport and body

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