Pulling a muscle sucks, and figuring out if it’s an actual strain that needs attention sucks even more. We’ve all experienced strains, cramps, soreness, and general tightness, but it doesn’t help that these all seem to cause varying degrees of similar pain. Here’s how to tell if it’s really a pulled muscle and what you can do about it.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a chronic sitter, a daily exerciser, or a weekend warrior, you must know that stretching is a critical habit. With sending blood stream in your muscles and offering your joints help with moving through their full scope of movement, stretching enhances your stance and athletic execution while lowering your danger of torment and harm.
However when you do yoga or an adaptability schedule, do you know which muscles you’re really extending? On the other hand whether you’re performing every stretch accurately?
Most of us grew up hearing that we should warm up with a stretch. Strike and hold a pose, such as touching your toes, for 30 seconds or more, we were told, and you’ll be looser, stronger and injury-proof.
But anyone who follows fitness science — or this column — knows that in recent years a variety of experiments have undermined that idea. Instead, researchers have discovered, this so-called static stretching can lessen jumpers’ heights and sprinters’ speeds, without substantially reducing people’s chances of hurting themselves.
Now, two new studies are giving us additional reasons not to stretch.
“No pain, no gain!” “You’ll never bulk up without supplements.” “Crunches are the key to six-pack abs!” It seems there are more questions and half-truths in the market about healthy exercise than there are clear, definitive facts—but the exercise industry is a multi-billion dollar business in the United States alone, built partially on selling gadgets and DVDs with incredible claims to people desperate to lose weight or look attractive. Meanwhile, good workout plans and simple truths lurk in the background waiting for their time to shine. All of this results in a ton of misinformation about exercise in general, and while the reality is different for everyone, we’re taking some of those commonly held exercise myths to task, and we have science to back us up. Let’s get started.
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.