Remember circling up at the beginning of gym class to stretch? Well, best practices in terms of preparing for physical activity has changed. Now, trainers everywhere are talking about the benefits of dynamic stretching. What is dynamic stretching, you ask? It’s time to learn more!
Dynamic stretching is a full-body warm-up. This is a more active type of stretching. Rather than stagnant stretching while laying on the floor, dynamic stretching is more active and requires full-body participation. Trainers no longer recommend stretching and holdings stretches for long periods of time.
Rather, a dynamic stretching routine takes practitioners through a series of movements. The goal of this type of stretching is to increase range of motion, steadily increasing heart rate, and to get blood flow moving through various muscle groups.
Dynamic stretching is basically a warm-up. It’s an excellent way to prepare your body for cardiovascular exercise and resistance training.
There are many different types of dynamic stretches. It’s all about finding what works best to prepare your body for physical activity. Here are a few examples of different types of dynamic stretches. Remember, these stretches are more active than you may be accustom to.
Walking lunges are an excellent way to activate the muscles in your legs, glutes, and lower back. With each lunge, focus on maintaining aligned form and being steady.
Be diligent about swinging your legs in a controlled manner. Leg swings help to loosen your legs for more physical cardiovascular training.
If you’re looking to increase blood flow to the shoulders, rotator cuffs, and neck, arm circles are an excellent way to do it!
Vinyasa yoga is full of movement. This type of yoga practice promotes stabilized movement with a focus on core strength. A quick session of vinyasa yoga is a great way to practice dynamic stretching.
Whether you’re at the gym, enjoying the great outdoors, or in the comfort of your own home, dynamic stretching is a great way to prepare for any physical activity. Now that you know, it’s time to start integrating dynamic stretching into your fitness routine!