Why Stretching May Not Help Before Exercise

alexandra sifferlin

To stretch or not to stretch? The latest understanding of preworkout routines may have you rethinking yours.

Recently, the New York Times summed up the latest evidence suggesting that static stretching — slowly moving muscles until they just start to hurt and holding the stretch briefly — doesn’t prevent injuries, and actually impairs strength and speed in some athletes. According to the Times, two recent studies support limiting stretching before physical activity.

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