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When Do You Stretch?

It's pretty commonly known that it's best not to stretch a cold muscle before you warm up. However, more than half of the folks I see at the gym stretch before they work out. This made me wonder about you guys and your stretching habits. I am curious to know . . .


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aliceknitting aliceknitting 9 years
i stretch before and after...and if i feel that something is tight or not quite right, then i stop and stretch it during the motto is better safe than sorry
sailing-chick sailing-chick 9 years
it depends on what exercises I'm doing - I've been told that stretching straight after working out pulls knots in your muscle tight and that you should stretch a few hours after your work out
fashionista119 fashionista119 9 years
Other - I do a light warmup for about 5 minutes to get my muscles warm, stretch, do my workout, and then stretch again at the end.
in_a_dream_land in_a_dream_land 9 years
I stretch before and after.Sometimes during a work-out(if I feel tight)
msadams224 msadams224 9 years
I usually warm up first, stretch, then do the rest of my workout. If it's a cardio day, I'll run for 5 minutes, stretch then do whatever else I'm going to do. Strength training days I warm up for 10 on the rowing machine (it helps warm up all of the back and arm muscles) then stretch then lift.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
b4 and after also.
mng355 mng355 9 years
I stretch before and after and occasionally randomly throughout the day
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Before and after...
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I stretch before and after. I usually walk a few laps, do some light stretching, run, and then stretch again after I finish my run. I always end up getting sore if I don't do some light stretching beforehand...
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I warm up before and stretch after...
kia kia 9 years
I stretch after.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
Always after. At a recent seminar I was told that there isn't any need to stretch after a run. One's muscles are already stretched and that any additional stretching might tear muscle fibers.
I stretch a little bit before I run otherwise I feel super stiff! Then I stretch majorly after I'm done.
rlindz rlindz 9 years
I stretch before and after excercise. I also stretch every night before I got to bed. It helps relax me and makes falling asleep faster.
Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 9 years
I do before and after. I've got some old injuries I always need to keep an eye on to ensure I have a good workout. Doing some very light stretching before a workout lets me guage how hard of a workout I can do. And I strech out after my workouts ... for obvious reasons. Lol.
ValenCina ValenCina 9 years
After, I was always told not to stretch before exercise.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
I usually stretch before and after I do any cardio at the gym, but I'm not always stretching cold muscle (although I do sometimes). My gym is about a ten minute walk from my house, or a short bike ride. I just feel more loose and comfortable during more intense cardio if I stretch before hand.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
heyjen19 heyjen19 9 years
I've always been taught to stretch before and after workouts; I'm usually pretty good about doing both, sometimes I rush the stretching though when I just want to be finished :-O
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I'm so bad! I don't strech!
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
My favorite exercise is dancing, so I usually stretch before (and during) it. When I do some outdoor sport, I do it like secretallstar...some light stuff before and serious stuff after.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I don't like stretching before, so I always do it after. I love the feeling of stretching after running, it just feels goooooood.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I always thought you were supposed to stretch before and after your workout (during if neccessary). My bf insists on not stretching before, so I guess he's right!
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
I stretch after. I actually find that my workout is more effective and I sustain less injury when I DON'T strech before my workout. To me, the stretch at the end is the best part of the whole thing!
Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 9 years
I stretch during and after - I have really tight calves (from not stretching before) so I stretch during a run, whenever I want a short break, and then I am good to go again!
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