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Stretch after your exercise, not before

It is an old, incorrect, myth which has been perpetuated to stretch before you work out. The most recent studies have proven that stretching before you workout does not reduce the risk of injury or improve performance.

Scientific studies on stretching before you work have proven that flexibility training and stretching prior to working out actually increases the risk of injury and decreases muscle function.

So, while a proper warm-up is essential, do not perform flexibility training until the end of your weight or cardio workout. Any light stretching prior to exercise should be easy range-of-motion (ROM) movements to loosen your muscles but not stretch or increase their ROM.

Written by Dr. Sternlicht for www.jeffshealthclub.com on 1.30.06