As you exercise and play sports, do you take time to stretch? As most people are short on time, the first thing to get cut from a workout is the stretching component. As physical therapists, we recommend that you don’t cut the stretching out as this can lead to an injury. Check out the stretching rules below to learn what you should focus on when you stretch:
- Perform a dynamic stretch (no holds) prior to your workout that mimics the sport or exercise you are about to participate in.
- Perform a dynamic stretch for a minimum of 5 minutes prior to your workout.
- After your work out, perform static stretches (hold stretches).
- Perform static stretches in all the major muscles groups you just used during your workout.
- Hold static stretches for 15-60 seconds for 2 repetitions each.
In summary, you can complete dynamic and static stretching for your workout in approximately 10 minutes. That 10 minutes is crucial to not skip as this could save you from an injury that could last weeks or months.
Written by Dr. Amanda Macht- owner of Harbor Physical Therapy