Will Static Stretching Makes You a Better Runner?
The question arises whether static stretching will make you a better runner or not. Some experts believe it won’t make any difference at all. Others say that static stretching may improve your performance and speed during your training sessions. Still others claim that static stretching is harmful because it causes muscle pain and soreness which could hinder your performances in the long run.
Static stretching is one of the most common forms of exercise and is done by everyone. However, there are some things that must be considered when doing static stretching. To avoid injury, you have to do it properly.
If you don’t do it correctly then you might get injured while doing it!
What Is Static Stretching?
There are two types of static stretching: static and dynamic.
Static stretching is the act of holding a position without moving. For example, if you want to hold your arms straight out in front of you with palms up, then you would perform static stretching. A good way to think about it is like holding a plank pose where your hands are held together.
Another type of static stretching involves performing specific movements such as lunges or jumping jacks while keeping your body still.
Dynamic stretching is the act of bending and swinging certain parts of your body without holding a pose. Some examples of dynamic stretching are leg swings, arm circles, and neck rolls.
When doing any stretching, always remember to warm up first. This could mean walking or jogging in place for five minutes before doing your stretch.
Which Is Better: Static Or Dynamic?
Most people hold static stretches for about thirty seconds each.
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