Even if it’s just a few stretches, a simple warmup before your workout will increase blood and nutrient supply to your muscles and can reduce soreness. Post-activity stretches will aid in flexibility and recovery. In the sixth and final part of our stretching series, we demonstrate dynamic and active stretches for your hamstring muscles.
Our experts recommend two types of stretching: dynamic and static. Dynamic stretches, which are held for two-to-three seconds, are ideal prior to exercise to prepare joints for movement and muscles for optimal activation. Static sustained stretches, held for 20-30 seconds, are designed to hold a position for a joint or a muscle that is minimally challenging. Matt Gardner, health and fitness coordinator for Hometown Health demonstrates dynamic and active stretches for your hamstring muscles.