The only thing 100% true about stretching, is that we should all be doing it regularly if we want to stay healthy.
Most people skip stretching post-workout. BIG MISTAKE. It can make a huge difference for your muscle recovery and growth. Stretching warms your muscles, and warm muscles are more flexible.
Here’s 4 stretching myths you should be informed on:
It’s best to stretch after a workout.
MAYBE! Although it is safer to stretch with warmed up muscles. You should jog for five minutes or until you break a light sweat before you stretch. Ideally, you’ll want to stretch for a few minutes pre and post workout.
There’s one “right” way to stretch.
FALSE! There’s dozens of ways to stretch.
Stretching should hurt!
FALSE! If stretching hurts – you’re doing it wrong. When stretching, move into a stretch and stop when you feel some tension. While holding your stretch 15-30 seconds, breathe deeply. Relax, and repeat! Feel free to push further next time until you’re comfortable.
You should hold a stretch for at least 15 seconds.
Ex-False, Now TRUE! It is now believed holding a stretch between 15-30 seconds is optimal.