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Should you stretch before running

Is it necessary to stretch before each run? Yes. Stretching before running or any other exercise is essential for injury prevention as well as improving the quality of your work.

Before a run, what is dynamic stretching and why is it better than static stretching?

You probably remember static stretching from gym class. It's stretching your arm across your body to stretch your shoulder or reaching down to touch your toes. These stretches are usually held for at least 30 seconds at the point of mild discomfort.

3 benefits of stretching

1) Makes you more adaptable

Stretching on a regular basis can help you improve your flexibility, which is important for your overall health. Improved flexibility can help you not only perform everyday tasks more easily, but it can also help delay the loss of mobility that comes with ageing.

2) It improves your range of motion.

You have more mobility when you can move a joint through its full range of motion. Regular stretching can help you increase your range of motion.

When it comes to increasing range of motion, Trusted Source discovered that both static and dynamic stretching are effective, though proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)-type stretching, which involves stretching a muscle to its limit, may be more effective for immediate gains.

3) It helps to improve your posture.

Muscle imbalances are common, and they can result in bad posture. According to one study, a combination of strengthening and stretching specific muscle groups can help with musculoskeletal pain and alignment. This, in turn, may aid in the improvement of your posture.

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