Stretching Helps Ease The Pain

While a study recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine won't end the debate about how to stretch your limbs, it definitely highlights the need to perform this basic flexibility exercise before and after training. A total of 2377 active adults participated in this research between January 2008 and January 2009. Half of them worked 7 different lower limb muscle groups with a static stretching protocol. The other half didn't stretch out at all. While stretching didn't significantly reduce all risks of injury, it did reduce the risk of some injuries while helping to alleviate muscle soreness.

True Strength Moment: Anyone who trains hard knows that post-exercise soreness can be a real deal breaker when it comes to motivating yourself to head back to the gym. If stretching makes that less of an issue while offering some protection against muscle, tendon and ligament injuries why not invest the extra couple of minutes it takes to stretch out before and after your workout?
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