Fitness Tip of the Day: Skip Static Stretching

How changing your stretches can change your fitness

“The next time you gear up for a workout, instead of holding each stretch statically for 30-90 seconds, stretch dynamically by physically moving in and out of a stretch for several repetitions. Although static stretches (such as the runner’s calf stretch) can be very effective when a joint or muscle group is proportionally tighter than the other side, if you only practice this type of stretching, you can inhibit muscle activity and diminish tone rather than enhance it. To stretch dynamically, try exercises such as leg and arm swings that use constant movement to lengthen your soft tissue and free up your joints repetition after repetition. These exercises are great before a workout since they enhance joint mobility, coordination, muscle activation and signaling.”

—Bill Fabrocini PT, CSCS is a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy based out of the Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute, where he has trained and rehabilitated athletes for more 25 years. He has authored numerous works including his contributions to Thinner This Year.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.