There is often some confusion around stretching. Today we will try to clear this up for you.
Should you stretch before a workout?
This question is often asked because opinions are contradictory. However, stretching before a workout is essential for preventing injury and improving performance. Particularly if you exercise right after waking up or are fairly still during the day, your muscles will feel tight.
What type of stretch before your workout?
Before training, it is best to do dynamic stretches. For example, runners often perform dynamic stretches like hip circles, walking lunges, and butt kicks to activate muscles. During dynamic stretching, you are constantly on the move, which also allows you to warm up on the cardiovascular level and reduce the risk of injury.
Stretching after training!
After your workouts and on the days that you are not physically active, static stretching is essential.
These stretches improve flexibility and relax your muscles. This is vital after training and reduces stiffness on rest days. Not only does this make your life easier, but it also promotes muscle growth and recovery.
To conclude: dynamic stretching before your workouts and static stretching after your workouts!