If you ask three different personal trainers their opinion on the best time to stretch, you’ll likely get three different answers. Many people want to know if it is best to stretch before or after a workout. There are many experts who believe the best time to stretch is 2-3 hours after a workout, and some physical therapists would say stretching before bed is the best time of day.
Although many people may debate this question, there is one thing all health professionals agree on: Regular stretching is important, and you should never stretch cold.
Taking time to effectively stretch all the muscles in your body has proven to have many health benefits. Including improving your fitness levels, alleviating aches and pains and avoiding injury. For optimal health, it is crucial that you set aside time every week to stretch.
Never stretching cold means that you should always stretch at a time when your heart rate is elevated, your muscles are warm, and there is adequate blood flow to your muscles. This is why many people believe stretching after a workout is the best time. However, if you do not stretch after your workout, you should still warm up your muscles before you stretch. This can be done through 5-10 minutes of light exercise or using massage tools like a foam roller or massage gun.
At Axio Fitness, we are excited to announce that we now offer Stretch Therapy sessions. This is a session intended to help clients achieve better muscle, bone, and joint health, improve flexibility, alleviate aches and pains, improve balance and mobility, improve circulation, and lower your risk of injury.
Contact us today for more information about our Stretch Therapy sessions.