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By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
July 07, 2014
Category: General Foot Care
Tags: when to stretch  

Always stretch before physical activityIf you’re a part of a running club in Cambridge, you’ve probably noticed that some members like to stretch before hitting the trails and some like to stretch after. There might even be those who prefer to do both! When to stretch has been an ongoing debate amongst runners everywhere.

The latest consensus is that it’s best to stretch after a workout, when your muscles are warm. Many believe that stretching beforehand, when your muscles are cold and tight, puts you at risk for injury, which kind of defeats the purpose, right?

Warming up prior to activity by jogging slowly or moving with low intensity is thought to be a better way to prepare your muscles for a run. Once you’re done with your workout, stretching can keep your muscles relaxed, flexible, and loose, as well as help minimize any soreness.

The thing is, though, many experts agree that the best time to stretch is whenever you feel like it! If you are feeling stiff and tight and stretching makes you feel better—go for it. Everyone’s different. What works for others might not work for you.

If you’re not sure when to do it, try stretching before your run for a week. The next week, just stretch after, and the next week do both. See how you feel and go with what works best for you.

Although currently, stretching after exercise is winning the debate, the bottom line is—when to stretch is really a personal preference. To learn more, call Douglas Broad at (519) 624-4122 or visit Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare in Cambridge, Ontario, today.

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