Is it okay to stretch sore muscles?
If you feel discomfort in the days after exercise this is normal, but you will require a bit of rest in order to recover fully. Putting the body under more strain by stretching will only make matters worse.
To avoid sore muscles, it makes a lot more sense to stretch immediately after exercise rather than days later when in pain.
Stretching muscles when they are sore may give immediate relief to the pain but will hamper your muscle repair and growth long term.
Is it better to stretch everyday or every other day?
There's no clear answer.
If you are not stretching for athletic performance - like after cycling, any stretching above a total of 10 minutes a week has been shown to do nothing.
So everyday or every other day, stretch away - just don't worry above 10 minutes.
Does stretching kill gains?
Basically the answer is no.
Several studies have been done on the matter - some showed stretching did hurt weight lifting perfomance, but in theses studies participants were made to stretch muscle groups for 5- 30 minutes.
Who stretches one muscle group for 3 minutes let alone 5?
So stretch safe in the knowledge you're not killing your gains.
Does stretching burn fat?
In most cases stretching does not burn fat.
It can however, help you burn fat indirectly.
Fat burning occurs in a low stress environment when you body is using fat for fuel instead of glucose. It is only likely that you'll burn significant calories with stretching if you are highly immobile and overweight.
In addition to this, stretching can lower the stress on your body, lowering cortisol and thus allowing you to burn fat easier.
Is stretching before bed good?
We generally believe ALL stretching is good, especially if done with the stretchy app!
Stretching before bed can be great if your goal is to go to sleep.
Stretching before bed is a natural way to support better sleep. Connecting your body to your breath is one of the best ways to tune out from the stresses of your day and relax.
Gentle stretches help relieve muscle tension and support a mindful awareness of your body and your breath.
Can you really get taller by stretching?
No not really.
No exercises or stretching techniques can make you taller that the height you are.
This is sometimes confused with stretching at the end of the day. If you spend the day on your feet, gravity will naturally compress the fibers in your body and you may find yourself shorter by the evening. This is always temporary and by sleeping horizontally you will return to your normal height.
What are the disadvantages of stretching?
In general there are no disadvantages.
If you do the wrong types of stretching or your overstretch you can hurt yourself.
What does stretching do to your body?
What does stretching do to your body? There are many opinions on the matter, some people advise that it is bad for you. Here we explore what stretching does to your body.
Fundamentally stretching, is called stretching for a reason. When you stretch you stretch the fibers of your body typically nearest to your joints.
The three key fibers that stretch out are your muscles, tendons and ligaments.
All three fibers have a semi normal set of lengths but as we get older and we do not use the fibers they have a tendency to shrink. By shrinking they can "stiffen up", and thus this is where increased flexibility comes from when stretching.
The most short term effects hit your muscles whereas the other fibers need repeated stretching to effect them.
So stretching just stretches the fibers out - nothing else?
Well no, by stretching the fibers out, your body can change the water content in your fibers, it can also stimulate new growth as stretching induces stem cells that are dormant in the fibers.
Stretching can also modify sensation. If you stretch for the first time in a while it may hurt, but by repeatedly stretching your body will change the way it feels that pain such that it can feel good.