To Stretch, or Not to Stretch? That is the Question.

© Robert Wallace 2007 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
© Robert Wallace 2007 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

From some previous posts, you may have gathered that our library hosts a number of joggers. Personally I am still at a fairly novice level, but I do enjoy keeping up with exercise research to make sure that I am doing everything I can to prevent injury while bolstering health and (hopefully) longevity.

Last week there was a bit of a perfect online storm in regard to stretching prior to exercise. The absolutely astounding Mind the Science Gap blog (seriously, have you read that yet?!) from the University of Michigan’s Risk Science Center tackled stretching-related myths one at a time, debunking them with evidence from multiple clinical studies.

Then my favorite popular health blog, the New York Times Well Blog, published a piece on stretching and physical performance, titled “Reasons not to Stretch,” so Ms. Reynold’s take on the debate there is clear.

Me? I do not stretch much prior to running, but do so religiously afterward. I’m simply here to lead you to the evidence and let you decide for yourselves.

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