Does it really matter if you stretch before a workout? Well, according to the studies – we don’t really know. They get mixed results – meaning some say it definitely helps and others say it doesn’t matter. So what do you do? At Sweat In Style Fitness, We think you should stretch, if for no other reason than it improves flexibility. Keep in mind, as we age, our muscles naturally stiffen so stretching to keep them flexible will help to keep you moving.
Stretching can have the following benefits:
Yes – if you’re not using the proper techniques, you can actually do more harm than good. Here are 5 rules for stretching:
The Mayo Clinic has a great slideshow of basic stretches and the Arthritis Foundation also offers stretching videos. Maintaining flexibility is important for everyone but particularly for those suffering with arthritis.
Yoga and Pilates actually incorporate stretching into the movements of the exercise and can be great for improving flexibility and building strength.