November 30, 2020 at 06:51AM

The age old adage that stretching prior to exercise warms up the muscles and prepares them for activity is actually FALSE. Studies are showing that static stretching prior to warming up can be detrimental to performance and potentially hurt you.

When your body is cold, the muscle fibers aren’t prepared and may be damaged. It is actually better to warm up a little with some light physical activity and then stretch. By exercising first, you get blood flow to the area, thus making the muscles more pliable and amenable to change.

Also, there is much research showing that static stretching prior to exercise can weaken your muscles and hinder performance thereafter. It is being proven that dynamic stretches and warmups are better pre-workout and static stretching is more beneficial post workout (or at a separate time of day).

So the next time you go for a run or hit the weights, resist the urge to stretch prior. Instead, do some light movements that actually warm the muscles and increase blood flow. Get your stretching in afterwards. You’ll perform better and get better benefit from both activities.

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