Why You May Not Need to Stretch Before Exercise

Why You May Not Need to Stretch Before Exercise

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Why You May Not Need to Stretch Before Exercise

For decades, we’ve been told stretching before exercise is critical, but recent research shows it can actually put you at risk for injury and lower performance. Best benefits are achieved when stretching after working out.

Stretching feels good, so it must be good for you, right? Well, yes...and no. For decades, we’ve been told stretching before exercise is critical.

But YMCA’s Monica Schick says “Recent research has shown that static stretching - holding onto a muscle in an elongated, fixed position - could be detrimental to performance…and actually increases the risk of injury.” The muscle tears when stretched and needs time to heal.

The problem is stretching is often confused with warming up muscles through activities like walking or slowly performi...

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