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When to Stretch in Your Workout

Stretch Before or After Cardio?

Flexibility training is so often forgotten as an important element of any workout. You might be neglecting stretching because you're uncertain if you should stretch before or after cardio. Is it part of a warmup or a cooldown? While I am definitely an advocate for stretching, it is not the best way to warm up before going on a run or bike ride. Studies show that stretching won't prevent injuries, and if you stretch muscles before they're warmed up, you have a greater chance of tearing one. The best tactic is to warm up for cardio by doing a lighter version of it. So if you're going for a run, walk briskly or jog slowly for five minutes. Or try a dynamic warmup. After your workout, definitely take time to stretch. It will increase flexibility, which decreases your risk of injury. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds, don't bounce, and don't push yourself in a stretch to the point of feeling pain. If you want to know what some of my favorite post-workout stretches are then


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jaxsprat jaxsprat 7 years
I do yoga for 20mins after my workout,I trained as a dancer, I can't imagine not stretching.
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
I usually stretch after my workout. I read recently, that it is better to stretch after your workout/cardio. It is not a good idea to warm up by doing a little cardio and then stretching, it can effect your cardio.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
only after. shouldnt be stretching before working out, your muscles arent warmed up yet. after a workout your more flexible.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
I always used to like to do it before and after, since it was kinda cool to compare how much more flexible I became after cardio, lol.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always stretch afterwards...I feel more limber then. I never stretch before because I feel too stiff beforehand.
pumpkinb pumpkinb 8 years
I stretch before, but only moderately. I do extensive stretching after cardio though! The worst and only irreparable injury I have is due to stretching too much in warmup.
HMBowling HMBowling 8 years
I'm with you miss malone!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Personally I like to stretch before and after
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I could use a good stretching routine right about now.
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