This is actually a very common question I get asked. Most people have heard or read so many different answers they aren’t sure which information is right. Often, they’re afraid to stretch at all because they don’t want to do something wrong or make things worse.
Well, I completely understand why people are confused.
The reason is this…
…the answer to this question really depends on the WHAT, the WHY and WHO is asking the question!
You’ll get a slightly different answer depending on your specific situation and your overall goals.
It’s no wonder people are confused!
Before I answer the question of WHEN and HOW OFTEN, first I want to talk about the different types of stretching and how to stretch properly. This is just as important and often adds to the confusion around stretching for a lot of people.
So, we’ll cover that here in Part 1…
Then we’ll get to the WHEN and HOW OFTEN later in Part 2.
There are several types of stretching – static, ballistic, dynamic, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
– and each type of stretching has its benefits and uses.
PNF stretching isn’t hard to learn. Here’s how…
Not too difficult right?
Now that we’ve discussed the different types of stretching and who might be more likely to use and benefit from each, hopefully you are a starting to get a clearer picture of which type, or types of stretching might work best for you.
In general, most average active adults will typically use static and dynamic stretching the most.
And now you're more prepared for Part 2!
Coming up next (in Part 2) we’ll answer the question…WHEN and HOW OFTEN Should I Stretch?
In the meantime, if you still have questions about which type of stretching is best for you or need guidance on stretches to help with a specific problem you have…let us know!
We are here to help!
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Best in Health,
Dr. Julie Krueger
"Helping active adults overcome persistent aches, pains and injuries, so they can get back to the activities they love and improve their health naturally - without pain medication, injections or surgery."
Oregon City, OR
Dr. Julie Krueger