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Reasons Not to Stretch


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  • Engaging in passive static stretching prior to lifting weights could make you feel weaker and less stable during your workout
  • Pre-exercise static stretching generally hurts rather than helps your athletic and muscle performance, particularly when the stretch is held for 60 seconds or more
  • Unlike static stretching, dynamic stretching, an active type of stretching such as walking lunges, squats or arm circles, has been shown to positively influence power, speed, agility, endurance, flexibility, and strength performance when used as a warm-up
  • My favorite type of dynamic stretching is Active Isolated Stretching or AIS, where you hold each stretch for only two seconds; this works with your body's natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints

By Dr. Mercola

Do you dutifully bend and touch your toes for 60 seconds before you start a workout? For many, stretching and exercise go together like peanut butter and jelly – after all, we’ve been told for decades that stretching is key for warming up your muscles and helping to prevent injuries.

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