Everyone should stretch! Stretching is a great way to introduce needed motion in areas that tighten up because of our daily posture and repetitive movements. It’s also a perfect addition to your workout warm up and cool down routines. There are many types of stretching, but the one most people should start with is static stretching, where an end position is held for 20 seconds or more. If new to stretching, incorporate 2-3 stretches prior to your workout and focus on areas like the hips, calves and shoulders.
Be sure to keep your breathing consistent and stretch to a point of tension, never to a point of pain. If you have any conditions that would be made worse by stretching such as acute injuries, musculoskeletal disorders or high blood pressure please be sure to consult your healthcare provider prior to beginning a stretching program.