Dynamic and static stretching, why we love the turf.
Growing up, I was always told that static stretching was the proper way to loosen up our muscles prior to training. However, we are now aware of the use of dynamic stretching and how this is heavily advocated as a far more beneficial warm up exercise in order to maximize performance and reduce injury. The effectiveness of your warm up can not only affect the likelihood of injury, but also directly impacts your ability to perform to your maximum ability.
Key benefits of dynamic stretching:
1. Dynamic stretching means your body is continuously moving, even while stretching. The purpose of warming up is to prepare your muscles. You need to increase your muscles temperature and dynamic stretching can accomplish this. If you put time aside before working out to do static stretching, this can lead to your muscles’ core temperature dropping. Although your muscles may be stretched and feel loose, they will actually be less elastic and not as powerful.
2. Dynamic stretching will prepare your muscles in a sport specific way. While a static stretching warm up may loosen up your muscles, it really has no relevance to what you are actually about to do. Whether you are preparing for a Fran PR or just going for a run, your body needs to be prepared for the intensity of whatever workout is ahead. Warming up with dynamic stretching will prepare your body for the different types of movement that will be performed at the start of your workout.
3. Dynamic stretching gets you mentally prepared for the work ahead. A static stretching warm up is more relaxing than anything else. This can trick your body into a relaxation mode and can be a difficult transition from rest period into competitor mode.
4. Dynamic stretching helps to improve the range of motion around your joints. This will help reduce the chances of injury. Over time this will improve your performance and maximize your movements due to the increase in flexibility of your joints.
We have 70 feet of turf, get moving, start sweating and be ready to tackle the day’s work!