When it comes to getting the most out of your workout, learning how to stretch is as important as the workout itself. However, this is one aspect which is overlooked the most.
To perform any workout routine efficiently, stretching should be made an essential part of both the pre workout warm up and post workout cool down. It is therefore imperative to know how to stretch before and after your workout.
1. Dynamic stretching
Dynamic stretches should be performed as a part of your warm up right before you workout. Dynamic stretching refers to stretching exercise performed with continuous movement, without holding a stretch in any particular position for a prolonged period.
It helps warm up the muscles and prepare them for the upcoming physical activity.
Following are a few examples of dynamic stretching exercises:
2. Static stretching
When you workout, your muscles tighten up. To improve general flexibility, static stretches should be performed as a part of your cool down after you workout.
Static stretches involve holding a stretch in one particular position for a prolonged period (typically 20 to 30 seconds) in order to loosen up the muscles.
Following are a few examples of static stretching exercises: