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Warm-Up, Cool-Down, or Both?
|Debate raged for the last 20 years over whether people should stretch before or after exercising. That question has been pretty well answered in the last few years - stretching is best done when the muscles are warm. By stretching after you've exercised, as a cool-down technique - you're able to achieve and retain your maximum stretchability.
Of course, some people may want to stretch first as well. If you're muscles are usually tight, stretching first does help prepare you for exercise. Just be sure to stretch slowly and carefully, paying full attention to what you're doing. Stretching is best approached as a Zen-type activity. See the muscle lengthening in your mind.
So if you're stretching as a cool-down, what do you do to warm-up? Light jogging is a good warm-up, if that's possible for you. Jumping jacks, walking lunges, knee hugs, arm rotations, ankle rotations, and carioca moves are excellent warm-up activities, preparing your body for the physical work of sports and exercise.
Since 1990, Advanced Health Professionals [AHP] has helped thousands of patients recover from pain and injury.
AHP is the Norwalk CT area's leading provider of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture services.
Did you know that most of us experience joint and/or muscle pain either chronically or occasionally? Living in pain is unnecessary and unhealthy.
At AHP, we fight this type of pain every day. Dynamic Rehabilitation attacks the cause of your pain making you stronger and able to move through your life in the best possible way!
AHP Physical Therapy: Occupational Health Services, FCE Evaluations, Worker's Compensation Case Management, Personal Injury Therapy and Rehabilitation
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