Stretching your body is the act of assuming a position that will elongate target muscles and the surrounding soft tissues. Certain parts of our body may feel tight and the idea behind stretching is aimed at loosening the muscles.
However, the concept of “warming up” fed constantly by fitness enthusiasts is so that muscles get accustomed to activity beforehand. This is so that we can increase muscle flexibility during the sport or workout and avoid stiffness.
There are two types of muscle stretches. Static stretches are performed when the body remains static in one position while the individual stretches and holds the position for a short while, up to 30 seconds. On the other hand, dynamic stretches are accompanied with movement such as bouncing or swinging actions in order to improve one’s range of motion.