Saturday, August 15, 2009
Is Stretching Really That Good For You?
Recent findings from researchers say there is no evidence that stretching before or after exercise prevents injury or muscle soreness. So what does this mean? It's not necessary to stretch before you start your workout. A better way to warm up, if you're doing cardio, is to start at a slower speed. If you're doing weight training, use a lighter than normal weight and perform the first exercise. This will warm up the muscle. Although stretching may not prevent soreness or injury, it does help with flexibility. I recommend stretching a couple times a week, after your workout, for 10-15 minutes, to improve your flexibility.