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Thursday, May 23, 2013
What's the Difference Between Stretches?
What is the difference between a warm-up stretch and a cooldown stretch? And can you please list examples of each.
A warm-up stretch is done prior to exercise. Before beginning physical activity, it is important to perform an easy cardiovascular activity (5-10 minutes of bike or jogging,etc.) to increase the heart rate. After the warm-up period, various stretching exercises may be performed.
After the exercise session, the same program should be implemented as a cool-down routine. This allows stretching post workout after a slower cool down period (ex. easy running or bike after a higher intensity work-out). Both programs have been shown to decrease the risk of injuries.
As always, contact your physician prior to beginning an exercise program to determine the right program for you.
Angela Justina Beisner, MA, AC
Department of Athletics Instructor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University