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The 6 Biggest Stretching Mistakes

2. Static Stretching Before a Workout

While we’ve often heard that we should always stretch before our workouts to warm up and decrease chances of injury, this article from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) says otherwise. The general consensus among fitness professionals is that you should never stretch tight, cold muscles using static stretches (still stretches focused on one muscle group).

However, you can use dynamic stretches (stretches with movement i.e., lunges) to warm up the body for exercise.  The key is to warm up the muscles with gradual activity first to avoid an injury. However, research does uphold that static stretching post-exercise and before bed can promote flexibility and reduce injury risk.

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