The Benefits of Stretching
posted by The Live Better Team | November 9, 2017
For those looking for a complete and effective workout, stretching is an important step. While stretching is sometimes passed over in favor of the workout itself, there are several benefits to stretching—and a few potential risks if you forgo stretching regularly.
Many studies have been conducted on the benefits of stretching, and their results are mixed. Some studies show that it helps in specific ways, while others show that it has little to no benefit if done before or after exercise. Some research indicates that stretching cannot reduce soreness after exercise, while other research shows that stretching immediately before a sprint might even worsen performance.
Although the consensus on certain benefits of stretching isn’t clear, there are some specific benefits that everyone agrees on. These include:
It’s important to stretch safely and effectively, utilizing proper technique. Stretching incorrectly can cause more harm than good. A few tips:
A few situations may warrant approaching stretching with care. If you have a chronic condition or a specific injury, consider adjusting how you stretch. Muscles that are already strained could cause further harm when stretched, for instance.
In addition, remember that stretching doesn’t simply protect you from all forms of injury. It won’t prevent an overuse injury or several other types. If you have specific health concerns, speak to your doctor about what’s right for you when it comes to stretching.
Your doctor can also offer additional recommendations or refer you to a specialist if needed.
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“What Are the Benefits of Stretching & Yoga?” LiveStrong.com. https://www.livestrong.com/article/358507-what-are-the-benefits-of-stretching-yoga/
“Stretching: Focus on flexibility.” The Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/stretching/art-20047931?pg=1
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.