Get Fit__ Should You Stretch Before Or After Your Workout?
Turns out stretching is just as important to your workout as water or weights. And it’s not just whether or not you stretch, it’s also when and how you stretch.
Noam Tamir, certified trainer and founder of TS Fitness says that stretching before a workout is important for preventing injury and improving performance. He also says that it’s especially important if you work out first thing in the morning or if you sit for a good portion of the day, since your muscles will be tight. This study showed that stretching 15 minutes before you work out can help you avoid injury.
Tamir says that it’s best to do a dynamic warm-up before exercising. Dynamic stretching involves active movements that mimic your actual workout, such as hip circles and walking lunges, as opposed to static stretches like toe touches. Dynamic stretching also gets your heart pumping to give you a little bit of cardio and enhances muscle performance.
So what’s wrong with static stretching before a workout? Some studies suggest that it could actually lead to decreased athletic performance. It’s best to leave static stretching for after your workout, but it’s not a big deal if you skip it. Research suggests that stretching after a workout actually does very little to decrease soreness.