TO BEGIN WITH, THERE ARE THREE MAIN TYPES OF STRETCHING...
1. Static Stretching: is used to stretch muscles while the body is static, meaning that the body is not moving.
2. Dynamic Stretching: is a method of stretching that increases the range of movement, blood and oxygen flow to soft tissues prior to exertion by actively lengthening the muscle.
3. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching: is also known as active/passive stretching resistance applied to counteract the force being exerted by the client on the target muscle.
SO... What's the best kind of stretching to do before exercise?
Answer: Dynamic Stretching!
– Upper Body Twists – Arm Circles – Arm Cross Overs – Neck Rolls – Shoulder Shrugs – Ankle Twists
SOME OTHER DYNAMIC STRETCHES TO DO BEFORE YOU EXERCISE:
Remember to never push your body beyond its limits. Any stretch that hurts, means you’re pushing too far. Have a great workout!