Fitness Tip of the Day: A Better Way to Stretch

An active warm up may be better than a quick stretch session

“Rather than stretch before a workout, try an active warm up. Extend and contract each part of your body in small, controlled movements. Make each movement deliberate and active—for instance, don’t just kick your leg back and forth, but concentrate on the feeling of raising and lowering your leg slowly. Building upon this will place your attention on muscle contraction, which will help your muscles before and after your workouts. As you increase the ability of your muscles to appropriately contract, you’ll strengthen naturally and also reduce your risk of injury.”

—Justin Reiter is certified in a practice called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT), which seeks to activate and increase the contractile ability of muscles. He's also been on the U.S. Snowboard Team for 10 years.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.

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