Stretching Before You Exercise Is 'A Waste of Time'
Stretching before exercise may be a waste of time, a study suggests. The elaborate limbering up routines favoured by many athletes and gym-goers do little to prevent muscle aches and stiffness, researchers found. Stretching muscles after exercise may be equally pointless, they say.
A team from the University of Sydney compiled the results of ten small scientific trials, each involving between 10 and 30 people.
These had examined the effects of stretching between 40 seconds and 600 seconds before exercise. "The 10 studies produced very consistent findings," said Dr Robert Herbert, from the school of physiotherapy at the university, in the journal Cochrane Review.
"They showed there was minimal, or no effect, on the muscle soreness experienced between half a day and three days after the physical activity."
Source: This Is London
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