Why and When To Stretch?
There is a widespread misconception of when and why to stretch our muscles.
Very often I got some clients that told me do not stretch their muscle before running because someone told them It could have been dangerous to stretch cold muscles!
This is a big misconception of the Stretching for many reasons:
Running is a more stressful exercise than stretching.
Running overloads immediately tendons, muscles, joints.
Running stresses immediately the Golgi Tendon Organ ( GTO ) that is a proprioceptive sensory organ that senses changes in the muscle tension.
Instead I strongly advise to stretch before and after running or whatever kind of workout for many reasons:
Stretching is useful to warm your muscle up.
Stretching is useful to increase the local blood perfusion.
Stretching at the beginning of the activity produce a mild and less stressful activation of the GTO and Stretch Receptors of musculoskeletal system.
Stretching do not produce excessive stress on muscles, joints, tendons.
Stretching increase the flexibility of your muscles and related joints.
Stretching improve the range of motion of your joints.
I consider the Stretching e real workout of your muscles flexibility and I give It the same importance of your Muscle Power.
The balance between Muscle Power and Muscle Flexibility is a key point for a higher sports performance and in general for the well-being of your body.
Even if you have good muscle power but poor muscle flexibility, you can get a lot of injuries like muscle strain, muscle sprain, muscle tear, etc.
For the Stretching is very important the correct posture of each exercise and one of the easiest solution is to get a good Visual Stretching Guide.
Improving your muscle flexibility you are going to get higher sports performance, fewer chances of muscle injuries, more range of motion, a better quality of life.