You always hear this over and over again so why not hear it again like a finely tuned guitar right? Wrong instead of telling you that you need to stretch before running, lifting, group fitness class I want to start by giving you the benefits and end with what could happen to you if you dont. The older you get the harder it becomes to recover and hit the goals you want to.
As a runner and biker my body gets really sore so when I strectch it not only loosens all the muscles that you use intensively but it also reenergizes them at the same time. Now lets look at some benefits:
- Faster recovery time
- Revitalized Muscle and Growth
- Not waking up the next day sore and cant move!!
- Avoids major injuries
- Improves Performance
- Increases Flexibility
Now that we have laid out some of the benefits of this lets talk about when should you stretch. Some experts say before and after which is partly true but over stretching can actual cause issues. For myself I stretch for about 3 minutes before and then really stretch after my workout. In addition I try to stretch before I go to bed. This has helped me tremendously the last couple of years.
Here is an article about 30 Second Stretches so definitely check it out! http://www.runnersworld.com/stretching/make-every-minute-count-30-second-stretches
I dont consider myself an expert in stretching