Warming Up with Dynamic Stretching

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Warming Up with Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic stretching is a movement-based type of stretching that uses the muscles themselves in order to bring about a stretch.

Unlike static stretching, in which a stretch is held for a period of time, dynamic stretches can be functional and even mimic the movements of the activity or exercise you’re about to perform.

Both static and dynamic stretching are excellent additions to any exercise plan.

Static stretches are most likely the type of stretching that you encounter most frequently in day-to-day life.

It’s that first stretch when you get out of bed, or the stretch when you stand up from your desk at work.

It is also the type of stretching that is practiced as part of a yoga routine and can even lead to an increase in relaxation as well as an increased feeling of calmness and peace.

Some of the most common static stretches are:

  • Hamstring Stretches
  • Quadricep Stretches
  • Posterior capsule stretch

Both static and dynamic stretches can boost circulation, increase flexibility, prevent injury, and lead to a smoother and more productive workout.

It’s also important to note that when practiced regularly, both types of stretches can help decrease knee pain, increase mobility, and lead to an overall improvement in quality of life.

While static stretching has many benefits these types of stretches do little to actually warm up the body in order to prepare it for a workout. Therefore it’s important to incorporate both types of stretches into your daily routine.

Movement-based, dynamic stretches are also proven to increase energy levels, strength, and range of motion, and, they can be easily incorporated into your everyday routine.

However, before adding static and dynamic stretching to your exercise routine, it is always best to consult with your doctor to find out if there are any stretches that you might need to avoid or make adjustments to.

In our next article, we will take a look at a few dynamic stretches that with your doctor’s OK, you may wish to try at home.

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