As a yoga enthusiast, my answer has always been yes to stretching … I usually stretch before and after my daily bike rides. Before to loosen my muscles and after to relax them. However, I have recently learned that before isn’t necessarily the best time to stretch. Apparently, it disturbs the joints and can hamper performance if you are going all out for speed.
Here is what Web MD has to say:
Do You Need to Stretch at All?
It’s a good idea, says the American College of Sports Medicine. The ACSM recommends stretching each of the major muscle groups at least two times a week for 60 seconds per exercise.
Staying flexible as you age is a good idea. It helps you move better.
For example, regular stretching can help keep your hips and hamstrings flexible later in life, says Lynn Millar, PhD. She’s a physical therapist and professor at Winston-Salem State University.
If your posture or activities are a problem, make it a habit to stretch those muscles regularly. If you have back pain from sitting at a desk all day, stretches that reverse that posture could help.
3 responses to “What about stretching?”
I’ve always found (I was a runner from a young age into my 40s) that for me, I needed to get a slow bit of jogging in before I could stretch comfortably, but then I needed to stretch, and the rest of my run was much more comfortable, increasing speed slowly as I ran. My track coach despaired until I started running the 880 (.5 mile)! 🙂
Best of luck with your goal for good living, and thank you for inspiring the rest of us, Tony!
Thanks for your kind words, Shira. Much appreciated. You had an excellent initial insight.
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My pleasure and my thanks to you, Tony.
Stay safe and well,