Stretching and flexibility go hand in hand. Stretching keeps your muscles flexible, healthy, and strong. You need flexibility to maintain a range of motion in our joints. Without either of these, your muscles will become tight, weak, and shorten, and over time can put you at risk for muscle strains or joint pain.
5 Stretching and Flexibility Facts:
#1 Stretching can be detrimental prior to maximal exertion exercises.
#2 Pauses are not required for maximal benefit in all methods of stretching.
#3 Uncoordinated, uncontrolled momentum-based stretching is referred to as ballistic stretching.
#4 Unilateral stretching increases range of motion more quickly than bilateral stretching.
#5 Dynamic stretching is preferred to static stretching prior to athletic performance.
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