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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Triathlon and Running Warm Up Drills with Pete Jacobs

A good warm up is important as it opens up the pathways between your brain and muscles, helping them to activate correctly.

It also helps get those balancing and control muscles functioning which will make your running more efficient.

It only takes 5 minutes of drills after a light warm up jog to get all these great benefits.

Dr Brendan O’Louglin details this great warm up drill as demonstrated by professional triathlete and 2012 Hawaii Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs.

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