Los Angeles, CA – 04/30/2013 – The question ofstretching before exercise or not is often debated. While stretching loosensmuscles, it also temporarily weakens muscles. It is often a gray area as towhat is best, as there are no standardized studies about stretching.
A 2010 study in which volunteers were randomlyinstructed to either stretch or not before exercise shed some light on thedebate. Those who ‘‘strongly agreed’’ at the start of the study that stretchingis a good idea, rarely reported sore muscles if assigned to stretch. But if toldnot to stretch, those people were more likely than other volunteers to reportthat sore muscles.
With no conclusive evidence- it’s hard to knowwhich is best. It really comes down to a personal decision on stretching.
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I think most people these days will tell you not to do static stretching until the muscles are warmed up. That you should do dynamic stretching 1st then run or exercise easy before static is done. I like to do dynamic before I run and after I run and at the end of my workout do some static stretching?
I generally do active movement and dynamic stretching first, foam roller if I can, once I'm warmed-up stretch lightly, run then stretch fully afterward. Think of it this way you don't want to stretch a cold rubberband.