Thursday, October 10, 2013

To stretch, or no to stretch, that is the question...

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Happy Thursday everyone... What a great morning for a 10 mile run. The weather was fantastic!! About 64 degrees...Gotta love that. Washed my 10 miles down with an Isalean Pro chocolate shake. Yea!! :)

So, I just recently saw a great article on stretching on About.com. It talked about the effects of stretching and whether you should stretch before or after your run.  I've always thought about this question and have gone back and forth on what I feel is best for me however most recently I feel I have fallen in to the "stretch after running crowd.

In the article which you can read here  it states that warming up is more important than stretching. Warming up has a definite affect on exercise where as stretching before exercise does not.

"A better interpretation is that warming up prevents injury, whereas stretching has no effect on injury.If injury prevention is the primary objective, the evidence suggests that athletes should limit the stretching before exercise, and increase the warm up time." - Elizabeth Quinn 


For me it's been simple. I've noticed that if I just take a few miles to warm up first my runs go a lot better. Sure, when I was a lot younger I could just take off at an 8 minute pace and feel fine but now I need to work my way up to that. It usually takes me 2 to 3 miles to warm up and then I'm ready. lolol. So if I take those few miles to warm up first I fell much better and I notice I don't have any issues with my calf which has been a bother in the past for me. 
After I run I always get in 10 to 15 minutes of good stretching. It's been working for me so I'm sticking with it. :) 


So how about you?? Do you stretch before or after your run. Are you a warm up person like me?? 


This is TY signing off for now... As always allow the Universe to work in your favor and be blessed... :) 




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