Reasons Not To Stretch

This week’s blog post is an article that was featured in the New York Times Phys Ed column a few weeks ago. It covers some recent research out of Croatia that involved some “bogglingly comprehensive re-analysis of data” about the detrimental effects of static stretching used as a warm-up before exercise.

You can read the full article here on the New York Times website.

The results showed that static stretching before exercise actually decreases muscle strength and power and can also affect stability. The recommendations are that static stretching alone should not be used as a warm-up before exercise. Rather, it is advised to “warm-up dynamically, by moving the muscles that will be called upon in your workout.”

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