We stretch for lots of reasons: Because it feels good, because it’s part of our pre-workout routine, because a muscle is stiff and we think stretching will fix it. But most of what we know about stretching—and thus the ways we use it—are based on wishful thinking and outdated science. We’re stretching for all the wrong reasons.
The article doesn’t say, but there is an implication that body weight exercise (yoga, pilates) routinely is good for you™. It’s been covered in the past that stretching does not help recovery. I know I benefit from doing twists in yoga – far less back issues when road riding.
When you’re struggling to walk down the stairs the day after a tough workout, should you view your soreness as proof you worked hard, or as a sign you overdid it? The truth is somewhere in between. Let’s learn about where soreness comes from and how to keep it from making you miserable.