Having a stretch workout after your resistance training helps you get stronger and recover faster. If you stretch the wrong way before your workout, it will make it more likely for you to get injured instead.
The University of Hawaii-Manoa did a study with 1543 people who ran in the Honolulu Marathon. This study linked pre-workout stretching with a higher risk of injury. In this study, the runners that stretched prior to running had a 33% higher risk of injury compared to the runners that didn’t stretch.
Why You Shouldn’t Stretch Before Your Workout
Stretching your muscles causes them to loosen and it removes tension on the joints, it also puts your muscle into a relaxed and resting state. Exercising when your muscles are in this ‘stretched out’ state can lead to greater injuries . When you are exercising, your muscles need to contract to go through the motions, transitioning from a stretched out state makes it harder on your muscles.
Why You Should Stretch After Your Workout
Do a warm up that focuses on mobility BEFORE exercising, and then stretch afterwards. Stretching afterwards enhances recovery and increases the body’’s ability to travel through its range of motion. Stretching after your workout will help your muscles recover faster. Stretching after your workout will also help increase your strength gains by 10%. A 10% increase in strength is enormous.
As mentioned previously, when you workout, your muscles contract. When you’re lifting heavy weights, your muscles will remain in the contracted for some time after you finish your workout. Until your muscles will not have recovered until they have returned to their original length instead of the contracted length. Stretching will facilitate for this restorative process to speed up. Do a stretch workout right after your resistance training for the best effect.
There are two kinds of stretching:
The kind of stretching that will help you recover faster and make you stronger is static stretching. This is the conventional way of stretching. All you need to do is hold the stretch for 30 seconds to a minute. It is important to relax into the stretch and breathe deeply.
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