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There are two different types on stretching – Dynamic & Static.

A Dynamic stretch is an exercise which contains movement and should be completed prior to working out, whilst a Static stretch is usually performed when a workout is completed. Both have fantastic advantages to both your workout sessions, and your overall day by day life!

Dynamic Stretching: The aim of a Dynamic stretch is to help stimulate the fluids and flexibility in your joints, alongside increasing blood flow to the affected areas, which in turn improves their functionality and drastically reduces the likelihood of injury. These should be performed at the beginning of a workout.

Static Stretching: Performing Static stretching can help improve the overall flexibility and range of movement in the muscle, whilst also helping improve blood-flow to the area post-workout, which can help eradicate the build-up of lactic acid (the stuff that makes you sore the next day!) from the muscle tissues.

Top Stretching Tips!

    • When performing a stretch, focus and listen to your body.
    • Stretching might make you feel a little uncomfortable, but should never hurt you. If you feel pain, ease off the stretch and stop.
    • Try not to bounce or move aggressively whilst in a stretching position, as doing so can potentially lead to injury.
    • It’s always best to gradually work into the stretch, so start the stretch itself from the moment you feel it, and gradually increase it as the time progresses.
    • When you first begin Static stretches, avoid holding them for longer than 30 seconds. Increase the time as you become more supple.

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