Stretching before and after a workout is a great way to warm your body up and accelerate the post-workout recovery process. Stretching also helps prevent injury, improve circulation, support your respiratory system, improve athletic performance, and help you sit up a little taller (hello, posture).
We recommend starting every workout with dynamic stretches and ending them with static stretches. Dynamic stretching means stretching with movement, holding one stretch for two or three seconds, then release. This is repeated five or more times to warm that area of the body. Static stretching involves holding a stretch for longer periods of time. This practice allows the body to go deeper, flushing out any toxins, metabolic waste, and lactic acid. In 8fit’s series of stretching articles, learn when to stretch, how often to stretch, how to stretch correctly, and which stretches are right for your body.