Although most of us have grown up being told that stretching before a workout is essential, Gretchen Reynolds of The New York Times points to two studies that claim the complete opposite: reportedly, "this so-called static stretching can lessen jumpers heights and sprinters speeds, without substantially reducing peoples chances of hurting themselves."
One, a study being published this month in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, concluded that if you stretch before you lift weights, you may find yourself feeling weaker and wobblier than you expect during your workout. Those findings join those of another new study from Croatia, a bogglingly comprehensive re-analysis of data from earlier experiments that was published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. Together, the studies augment a growing scientific consensus that pre-exercise stretching is generally unnecessary and likely counterproductive.
Many issues related to exercise and stretching have remained unresolved. In particular, it is unclear to what extent, precisely, subsequent workouts are changed when you stretch beforehand, as well as whether all types of physical activity are similarly affected.
|Super-slow-motion pictures show soap bubble bursting in stunning detail|
|The Cubli: Cubes That Can Jump Up and Balance|
|The Nocebo Effect: Telling a Patient an Harmless Substance is Harmful Can Be Powerful Enough to Kill|
|Browse Your Body With Google|
|Ant mega-colony takes over world|
|"In 2011, Chernobyl, site of the world's worst catastrophe at a nuclear power plant, was officially declared a tourist attraction."|
|Apple Will No Longer Unlock iPhones for the Police|
|Orangutans, Creatures of Culture and Learning|
|The Use of Artificial Sweeteners Should Be Reassessed|
|How to Buy a Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle from Belarus|
|The iPhone 6 You Always Wanted|
|Setting Aside Half the Planet as a National Park|
|The Psychological Roots of Slavery in Corporal Punishment|
|Not Wanting Something Everyone Else Wants Is Kind of Hot|
|fakena.me: Random Name and Profile Generator for Social Media|
|"The idea is to get the robot to load your dishwasher."|
|Scottish Referendum on Independence Explained|
|"There's like 30 knives out there right now, hidden up their rectums."|
|Why Guys Don't Call...|