Whether you workout for 20 minutes or one hour, stretching before and after a workout Improves flexibility, prevents future injuries, increases blood circulation and improves your overall athletic performance. So, if you are wondering how you got that mystery injury on the inside of your leg...think about it! Have you been stretching?
Dynamic stretching, also known as active stretching, moves the body in quick, challenging positions, similar to the moves in your workout, that help prepare you for the workout ahead. It's a great way to warm up the body, get the heart rate up and the blood circulating.
Static stretching is when the body holds a position for 20-30 seconds before moving into another position, releasing tension in the muscle/joints and realigning your body to it's natural state. Static stretching should be performed after a workout to increase flexibility, prevent future injury and release any muscle soreness.
In every training session that I lead, there is always 10-15 minutes of stretching before and after a workout. In order to get the best workout you deserve, make sure you are stretching. NO EXCUSES, get it done. Your body will thank you for it!