We all know that stretching and maintaining flexibility is an important part of any fitness program, but do you know the difference between static and dynamic stretching? Which one is better for you? Keep on reading below to find out!
Static stretching is the standard stretch type that most of us are familiar with-holding one position to stretch a specific muscle group. This type of stretching is great for increasing overall flexibility in a specific area. Some examples of static stretching include touching your toes, the shoulder stretch, and other stretches where you hold one sustained position.
Dynamic stretching involves moving your joints through a specific range of motion, or ROM, to stretch and warm up targeted muscle groups. This type of stretching is ideal for pre-event warm ups as it gets your joints used to moving in the way you want them to. An example of dynamic stretching would be a lunge with a twist or leg swings.
But which one is THE best? Well, it depends on what your goals are and what you’re doing. For example, did you know that static stretching can reduce the amount of power a muscle can produce? Therefore, the suggested type of stretch for pre-workout would be dynamic stretching. Any well-rounded fitness program should have a combination of both dynamic and static stretching.
What do you think? Do you utilize dynamic or static stretching to increase your overall fitness and health? Which one is your favorite? Comment below!