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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.
Washington Injury and Sports Performance Clinic is proud to announce the beginning of its new corporate wellness branch, FIRST THERAPY.
At FIRST Therapy, we focus on the CAUSE, not the PAIN. Standing between an injury and your improved quality of life is the body’s protective layer of defense – Soft Tissue. The soft connective tissue located just under the skin wraps the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels, and plays a critical role in 95% of injuries.
Whether you’ve undergone surgical intervention, suffer from chronic pain, or simply feel your body is not achieving peak results, FIRST has specific methods to address the cause of your pain. Our innovative A.R.T, Graston, and Chiropractic techniques address soft tissue and alignment issues – producing quantifiable Results – and opening your body’s channels to renewed health. At WISPC & FIRST Therapy, METHOD MATTERS.
New patients receive 20% OFF first visit.