Do You Need to Stretch? We recommend that at the very least you should be stretching each major muscle group two times a week. Not only will it keep you flexible as you age but you will move better right now.
How are Posture and Sitting are helped by stretching?
If you have bad back or sit for extended periods of time. You need to stretch even more because your body is designed to be moving. Make it a habit to stretch those muscles regularly. If you have back or butt pain from sitting, stretches that reverse that posture may be helpful for you. We recommend that every hour of sitting that you do, spend one-minute stretching and do this about every 2-3 hours.
Static VS Dynamic Stretching
A static stretch is one that you get into a specific position and hold that location for 15-30 seconds. A dynamic stretch involves some movement. Which is better? It depends on what purpose you have in your stretch, for example at times a dynamic stretch is better before some workouts because it covers a wider range of motion that you may be doing. However, others feel that the static stretching is deeper and has longer lasting effects. We normally do a mix of both types of stretches. You should not feel pain with any stretching but you should feel something, thus there is no need to stretch farther than the range of motion you typically need.
Should You Stretch After Exercise?
Yes!! It is an ideal time to stretch, you are more flexible because you have increased circulation to those muscles and joints. Make sure to cool down slightly by walking around for a bit if you have been doing cardio. Then static stretches are often the better stretches at these times.
What are the best times to stretch?
Of course, stretching, before or after exercise is wonderful. In addition to those times, the best time to do some stretching is often after waking up and before going to bed. If you feel sore from a workout, this will often ease some of the soreness that you may have. Stretching should be part of your regular wellness program.
Written by: Robert Blair; Staff Writer
ROBERT BLAIR is the Operational Manager of WhenEver Fitness, editor of fitness-news, has been in the fitness industry since 2010, and is a certified personal trainer. He attended the UW-Superior and Brown College for Media Creation, Design and Television Production. From 1992 to 2000, he had written and produced several films, music videos, and video advertisements. He has now been able to combine those skills of fitness and media creation to produce high-quality fitness productions and articles. (Click for Bio/Contact)