Pre And Post Workout Stretches

Mon September 13, 2021 By Crafted Physical Therapy

Pre and Post Workout Stretches 

Stretching before and after working out is linked to many benefits such as flexibility. It’s important to stretch before and after a workout if you are frequently physically active. Here is everything you need to know about stretching.

Stretching Before

If you’re in a rush to get started on your workout, it may seem inconvenient and unnecessary to stretch before and after a workout. It’s understandable to feel that way, but stretching is incredibly important in order to prevent injury and strain to your muscles. Muscles are naturally tight after long periods of being sedentary which can affect your range of motion.

Stretching After

You’ve worked yourself into a mean sweat and you’re ready to leave the gym. Not so fast! Stretching after a workout will help you for your next sweat session because it helps with soreness and regulating your blood flow. Both of these benefits will improve your performance the next time you go to the gym. Even if you’re in a rush, try to spend at least a couple of minutes stretching before your drive home.

Do Stretching Exercises Vary for Before vs. After A Workout?

There are different types of stretching for before your workout and after. Dynamic stretching is best for before your workout, while static stretching is best for a cool-down after your workout. There are various types of stretches that fall within each category to try.

Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic stretches are more activity-based movements. Their purpose is to reduce stiffness and improve your speed and agility during your workout. Here are some dynamic stretches you can add to your pre-workout routine.

  • Squats
  • High Knees

  • Lunges

  • Arm Circles

  • Butt Kicks

  • Jumping Jacks

  • Plank Walk-Outs

Static Stretching

Static stretches differ greatly from dynamic stretches as they involve no movement and are usually performed for only 10-60 seconds. They are meant to slow down your body and decrease injury post-workout. Here are some static stretches you can add to your post-workout routine.

  • Shoulder Stretch

  • Toe Touch

  • Butterfly Stretch

  • Quadriceps Stretch

  • Cobra Stretch

  • Calf Stretch

  • Knee To Chest Stretch

If you have questions about stretching, we’re here to help! New or existing patients can reach us by phone at (720) 204-4567 or visit our contact page and we’ll reach out to help get you scheduled right away. 

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