Stretching is bad for you?

This comes up in discussions in our household all the time because when I run, I don’t start by stretching although everyone does. I don’t like stretching my cold muscles and cold body, I would rather do that once I am warmer. How do I get warmer: by starting to run. So yes I run without stretching and now science is on my side! I am saving this link for ever and pointing all my running buddies to it. There. I told you so.

If you’re like most of us, you were taught the importance of warm-up exercises back in grade school, and you’ve likely continued with pretty much the same routine ever since. Science, however, has moved on. Researchers now believe that some of the more entrenched elements of many athletes’ warm-up regimens are not only a waste of time but actually bad for you. The old presumption that holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds — known as static stretching — primes muscles for a workout is dead wrong. It actually weakens them. Read on…

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