Perhaps you know that there are quite a few benefits to giving your muscles a good stretch. But did you know that there are actually two different kinds of stretches? These movements are known as static and dynamic stretches.
A dynamic stretching routine is most often performed just prior to a vigorous physical activity such as a workout at the gym, a dance class, or a sporting event. A dynamic stretch utilizes muscle movement during the stretching routine.
On the other hand, a static stretch refers to a position that is held for a number of seconds, at least ten, before relaxing the muscle.
Both of these stretching routines have pluses and minuses, depending on your needs. Static stretches particularly seem to cause controversy among fitness experts. Even though stretching has been a part of fitness programs for any number of years, experts still disagree over the benefits of the various styles.
Static stretches are generally done just before a vigorous aerobic workout or an extended weight training session. The benefits of static stretches for your muscles are impressive, and include a boost in performance of your blood circulation. Improved circulation leads to oxygen being delivered more efficiently to the muscles and organs.
The benefits of stretching your muscles are best achieved by doing a variety of stretches each targeted to a different area of your body such as the chest, legs, arms, neck, and back.
Serious athletes tend to favor dynamic stretching routines for the benefits they provide. But they have benefits even if you’re not heading into an intense workout. While performing these kinds of stretches, you will want to move around while trying to get the maximum stretch out of your muscles.
By performing a dynamic stretching routine, you won’t have to wait for your muscles to warm up and reach maximum capacity. Revving up quickly into a demanding activity often results in a variety of injuries, from cramps to strains to sprains.
Now you know that dynamic and static stretching routines play different roles. The choice is yours depending on the fitness program you’ve committed to.