Stretching is so important when it comes to preventing injuries and getting the most out of your workouts, but not all stretching is the same. Before you workout it’s best to do dynamic stretching and after a workout is when you want to do static stretching. Dynamic stretching is typically held for just 3-10 seconds and is meant to increase the movement of the joints and increase core temperature. Research has shown that dynamic stretches like walking lunges and butt kicks improves force production and explosive power. It also helps increase body awareness, stability and balance which is a huge benefit going into your workout!
Try doing 20 meters of each of these as your next warm up before you start a long run or workout:
After your workout remember to do some static stretching, remember these are the stretches you probably learned in gym class. For example touching your toes. Static stretches should be held for 10 to 30 seconds and repeated at least 4 times. Because static stretching elongates and relaxes your muscles they should only be used after a workout.
XOXO – Abbey