What Is the Best Type of Stretching to Begin a Workout?

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Men's Health recommends dynamic stretching. There are two major types of stretching: static and dynamic. A static stretch is a movement in which the body leans forward until there is a slight discomfort in the targeted muscle. In a dynamic stretch, an individual should quickly move a muscle in and out of a stretched position.

According to Men's Health, while performing static stretching works on boosting flexibility, it can also make that particular muscle group weaker in the short term, which can limit workout potential. Conversely, dynamic stretching improves active flexibility, excites the central nervous system and increases blood flow, strength and power production.

About.com's exercise physiologist and fitness consultant Elizabeth Quinn writes that maintaining proper technique is equally important in stretching. A person should always stretch the muscles on both sides of their body evenly, making sure to not stretch one side more than the other. Additionally, a person should never stretch to the point of pain or discomfort, but it is normal to feel slight tension or a pull on the muscle at the peak of the stretch. Stretching exercise routines should include the calves, quads, lower back and hamstrings.