Most people think that static-stretching is a pre-workout activity. That it’s there to lessen soreness and prevent injury. But this is in fact wrong- it does neither. In fact, this kind of stretching before exercise can actually decrease performance, making legs stiffen or become heavy mid-workout. Instead, try a 5 minute jog or motion stretches (think high knees or butt-kicks) to start! Repeat at the end of your session to cool down and then it’s time for the static stretches! Strength and conditioning specialist Matt Mosman, recommends around 10 minutes of stretching at the end of your session.
As stretching should always be carried out when warm, it’s also really great to stretch when you get out of the shower on a morning. I know what you’re all thinking; who has time for that?! But it only takes a few minutes and can make a huge difference to your day! It can lead to fewer aches and pains, as well as releasing mental tension (mentally preparing you to take on that big meeting you were dreading) and can even improve posture! So start your day the right way…and stretch! xx