Better Results, Less Injuries: The Benefits of Stretching

Want to take your fitness results to the next level? The benefits of stretching include greater flexibility, less soreness, and better athletic performance.

When you think of an effective workout that gets you results, stretching probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

If you’re actively engaged in a consistent resistance-based training program, especially if you’re an athlete, stretching can provide a variety of benefits to increase performance and complement your fitness goals.

Types of Stretching

Although there are several types of stretching, the two that are the most common are dynamic stretching vs. static stretching.

Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic stretching is akin to a light warm-up by performing less intense versions of the movements that you will do during your workout.

For example, let’s say that today is leg day, and you have the classic barbell back squat on the list. A form of dynamic stretching would be to perform two to three sets of bodyweight half squats.

Dynamic stretching is ideal as a pre-workout activity.

Static Stretching

Static stretching, on the other hand, is the deliberate hold-and-pause of the muscle.

For example, if you want to stretch your shoulder, you may take your arm across your chest and hold it there for up to a minute.

We recommend using static stretching post-workout after your cool down.

Benefits of Stretching

Let’s jump into the scientifically-backed benefits of adopting more stretching into your workout.

More Flexibility

The most popular benefit of stretching is improved flexibility.

Studies show that when muscles are warmed up and stretched once, they can remain at an elongated and more flexible length for up to 24 hours.

The take away is to be consistent with your stretching to maximize and maintain flexibility. [1]

Improved Range of Motion

Can you move your arm and shoulder through its natural arc of movement from start to finish? If so, you have great range of motion. But if you’re like most of us, your range of motion could use some help.

Tight muscles, prior injuries, and surgical points might limit your range of motion, and stretching has been shown to help correct this.

One study showed that consistent stretching was able to improve overall flexibility and range of motion by 8 degrees. Again, these benefits are possible through consistent practice of stretching, not just once per month. [2]

Less Soreness

Do you lift weights? Are you an athlete? Fan of walking everyday after work? All these forms of exercise, regardless of intensity, can lead to delayed on-set muscle soreness (DOMS).

Post-workout soreness is more annoying than anything, but it can certainly push back your workouts by a day or two.

Studies show that subjects who performed a consistent stretching routine saw a perceived reduction in post-workout soreness. [3]

Does Stretching Reduce Risk of Injury?

The question of stretching and injury risk has been a debate for years.

Studies are conflicting with some citing that those who stretch as a part of a well-planned workout program do report less injuries, and a decrease in overall risk. [4]

However, these findings are not always duplicated because the issue of injury is more complicated than stretching or not stretching.

One way to look at this debate is that stretching doesn’t increase your risk of injury, and it promotes several other benefits, so why avoid it based on the idea that it might not prevent injury?

Complement Your Stretching with the Right Supplement

Providing your body with muscle building nutrients can help to quicken your recovery and complement the results from stretching.

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  1. de Weijer VC, Gorniak GC, Shamus E. The effect of static stretch and warm-up exercise on hamstring length over the course of 24 hours. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2003 Dec;33(12):727-33. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2003.33.12.727. PMID: 14743986.
  2. Harvey L, Herbert R, Crosbie J. Does stretching induce lasting increases in joint ROM? A systematic review. Physiother Res Int. 2002;7(1):1-13. doi: 10.1002/pri.236. PMID: 11992980.
  3. Andersen JC. Stretching before and after exercise: effect on muscle soreness and injury risk. J Athl Train. 2005;40(3):218-220.
  4. Witvrouw E, Mahieu N, Danneels L, McNair P. Stretching and injury prevention: an obscure relationship. Sports Med. 2004;34(7):443-9. doi: 10.2165/00007256-200434070-00003. PMID: 15233597.
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