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Do you stretch after a work out?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Why? why not? Do you consider stretching paleo in any way? if yes: why?

Ff4e3f7e43133fdc349a11268d77135a

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on October 14, 2011
at 06:56 PM

Yoga and mobility work from Kelly Starett's site. Stretching is most beneficial (physiologically) right after a workout when your body/muscle temp is higher.

Dcd707b8de2bba775f982df13fc9ecc8

(64)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:16 AM

Typically Ballerinas or dancers in general used to stretch before workout. If you walk into a class before it starts, you see a lot of people sitting in splits. It's a more recent thing that sports medicine gurus have taken a look and told us that what we're doing is horrible for the body. After 3 injuries, I now do jumping jacks and and bottoms up before class, instead of laying in a split.

Dcd707b8de2bba775f982df13fc9ecc8

(64)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Typically Ballerinas/ dancers in general, used to stretch before workout. If you'd walk into a class before it starts, you'd see a lot of people sitting in splits. It's a more recent thing that sports medicine gurus have taken a look and told us that what we've been doing is horrible. After 3 injuries, I now do jumping jacks and and bottoms up before class, instead of laying in a split.

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on October 13, 2011
at 11:49 PM

Umm.. kind of don't care if it's Paleo or not. Besides feeling good it helps with my mobility and keeps injury at bay - I stretch before and after my workouts. Also, there's nothing better than some good long stretches and loud yawns when I first wake in the morning.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Oh, and if its paleo or not I dont care on this. We are already so functionally movement deficient anything that makes you get off your backside, including stretching, is beneficial in my book.

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on October 13, 2011
at 10:40 PM

you do yoga stretches to help?

Ff4e3f7e43133fdc349a11268d77135a

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on October 13, 2011
at 09:38 PM

I agree...the morning "wake up" stretch, the after chow stretch, and such. We also need to remember that many things we consider stretching were just normal parts of the work/play/hunt/gather routine of our ancestors.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 13, 2011
at 10:55 PM

I stretch every night and think its pretty important if your active. Most animals do some form of stretching so its pretty natural.

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Ff4e3f7e43133fdc349a11268d77135a

on October 13, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Well beyond the fact that it doesn't matter if it's "Paleo" or not (if it works, regardless of when it was "created", use it)...

I have before and it was awesome! Literally, a great stretch routine after a workout eliminated my normal tightness...especially after heavy deadlifts and squats. As someone spends hours per day in a seated position, not having tight hamstrings AND tight hip flexors has made all the difference in my quality of life.

Ff4e3f7e43133fdc349a11268d77135a

(70)

on October 14, 2011
at 06:56 PM

Yoga and mobility work from Kelly Starett's site. Stretching is most beneficial (physiologically) right after a workout when your body/muscle temp is higher.

109c50779c3875f1864635d8ffc328c3

on October 13, 2011
at 10:40 PM

you do yoga stretches to help?

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on October 13, 2011
at 09:35 PM

I love to stretch...it feels good. I don't have a set routine for stretching(save the occasional yoga class), per say, but I do it often, and often it is spontaneous, like when I wake up in the morning and stretch all my limbs like a cat. I imagine we humans have been stretching in this natural way since the dawn of time, so, yes...it's as paleo as breathing to me!

Ff4e3f7e43133fdc349a11268d77135a

(70)

on October 13, 2011
at 09:38 PM

I agree...the morning "wake up" stretch, the after chow stretch, and such. We also need to remember that many things we consider stretching were just normal parts of the work/play/hunt/gather routine of our ancestors.

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627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

on October 14, 2011
at 07:26 AM

I do the grok squat and grok hang. I think simply moving around all day is all you really need.

With that being said... I can't wait to try yoga!

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:19 AM

i stretch when my body seems to ask for it, and otherwise don't. If I've been doing something that tightens my muscles, my body seems to know it, and stretching feels really good. If I don't need it, it feels pretty pointless. I also do some movement every week that helps me to sustain/regain my flexibility -- sometimes that is formalized stretching (aka yoga). Sometimes,it's just informal toe touches and stretching squats...

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7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on October 13, 2011
at 11:53 PM

I stretch after working out. Years and years ago I read some article in a magazine that said you should “warm up” before exercise but wait and do all your real stretching following the working out, claiming you would get most benefit this way and less chance of injury. It said something about ballerinas using this approach.

I don’t know if this is really any better, but I have done it this way for over twenty years without any problems.

Dcd707b8de2bba775f982df13fc9ecc8

(64)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:16 AM

Typically Ballerinas or dancers in general used to stretch before workout. If you walk into a class before it starts, you see a lot of people sitting in splits. It's a more recent thing that sports medicine gurus have taken a look and told us that what we're doing is horrible for the body. After 3 injuries, I now do jumping jacks and and bottoms up before class, instead of laying in a split.

Dcd707b8de2bba775f982df13fc9ecc8

(64)

on October 14, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Typically Ballerinas/ dancers in general, used to stretch before workout. If you'd walk into a class before it starts, you'd see a lot of people sitting in splits. It's a more recent thing that sports medicine gurus have taken a look and told us that what we've been doing is horrible. After 3 injuries, I now do jumping jacks and and bottoms up before class, instead of laying in a split.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2011
at 10:44 PM

The only thing I make sure to do every day is move my spine through all of its normal active ROM several times a day, sometimes holding at end point and sometimes not and more frequently the more sedentary the day is.

As for traditional stretching I like to just warm up well prior to the workout rather than long static stretching. Maybe a few dynamic movements thrown in to get things firing. Otherwise after a workout or sprints I may pay closer attention to stretching specific tight body parts in the traditional static stretch.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 13, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Oh, and if its paleo or not I dont care on this. We are already so functionally movement deficient anything that makes you get off your backside, including stretching, is beneficial in my book.

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on October 14, 2011
at 12:44 AM

vikings never sttetch. we are not felines...

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