Common Myths about Stretching That You Should Ignore

Stretching is viewed as a sacred practice by some and an unnecessary time waster by others. Since these two camps are world apart, there are often myths flurrying around stretching that support the claim that stretching is one or the other. The following myths and the truth surrounding them may help you to get a better feel for what stretching can really do.

Stretching Should Be Done Before a Workout

Track and field athlete stretching

Static stretches should never come first in a workout routine. It is very important for you to warm up your muscles before working them hard or stretching, as both can cause injury if the muscles are cold. Warm-ups should consist of small, rapid movements that help to get your body warm, not of stretches that are held in one position for several seconds to minutes.

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