This might be obvious, then again, might not be. But did you know which stretches you should do before and after your exercise?
To stretch or not to stretch? Some seem to swear by it, whilst there are fast runners a-plenty out there who deem stretching as overrated and do almost none at all.
I was asked last week about shoulder stretches. It’s interesting because shoulders are a much neglected area when we perform stretches. Seated desk jobs, pool posture, repetitive sports all contribute to shoulder restriction, particularly swimming.
A lot of research has been done into stretching and its benefits. Much of this research is inconclusive as to whether stretching after exercise prevents DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Static stretching before exercise has in fact been proved to impede performance.
Stretching is one of those things we are always told to do by trainers or group fitness instructors, but why bother? What exactly does it do? This is part 1 of a two part mini series on stretching and flexibility. Here are a few…