To Stretch or not to stretch that is the question

To Stretch or not to stretch that is the question

people stretchingThere has been so much written about stretching!  Should you stretch before a run, after a run or both and does it help to prevent injury?

To answer this let’s look at each stage separately.

Static Stretching

Before a run or for that matter any exercise you need to get the body prepared.  To do this properly you need to get your heart rate up and increased blood flow to the muscles to ensure they are ready for work.    Doing a few static stretches is not going to do this and in fact can be detrimental to your training and overall performance. Continue reading