Thursday, September 3, 2009

Stretching Tip #7 Always Warm Up

Whether your are doing static stretching or dynamic stretching, a warm-up is still important to bring blood/oxygen to your muscles. With dynamic stretching, the actual stretching itself is movement enough to help warm-up (move from least difficult to most difficult). With static stretching there is no movement to help prepare the muscles so you must include some level of activity prior to stretching to help facilitate the moves. This may only require a walk around the block or a set of jumping jacks but make sure you body temperature has increased prior to starting a static stretching sessions. I tend to do dynamic stretches before my workout and then static stretches at the end; how you use or combine your stretching routine is based on your goals and level of fitness.

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