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    One of my many jobs is "Yoga Teacher", and for many years that was my only form of fitness. Then I started working out

    But, because I do yoga regularly, I never bother stretching after my workouts.

    I know it apparently speeds circulation to joints and tissues and helps removal of unwanted waste products, thus reducing muscle soreness... but I never get sore after working out - even if I push myself to failure.

    But am I missing out by not stretching out after lifting etc? I've read that it helps your muscles grow, but not sure if that's a myth? What's your N=1 been?
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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    I try to stretch post-workout. Seems to help me retain some flexibility, doesn't seem to affect muscle soreness one way or another though.

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    • #3
      I don't stretch for preparation of my workouts or even after them.....

      But I'm going to yoga tonight. I don't really do yoga to stretch though. Its more for the moving meditation aspect.

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      • #4
        Why do you do yoga NH? (at the risk of derailing my own thread )

        Just read this article on Runner's World which is anti-stretching... Should I Stretch Before or After My Runs? | Runner's World

        There is no evidence that static stretching prevents injury or improves performance, experts now say. In fact there’s some evidence that it can hurt. When it comes to staying injury-free, functional range of motion is more important than flexibility.
        They reckon "dynamic stretching" is better. I actually agree with them, but they don't offer a scientific explanation as to why tis is...
        "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

        In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

        - Ray Peat

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        • #5
          I do. Not a lot, but for a few minutes I stretch post workout. I hope my legs grow an inch or so longer by being religious about stretching
          I never get muscle soreness anymore though, either way.

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          • #6
            For bootcamp which I do 3-4 times a week we always do some form of dynamic stretch pre workout and then static stretching post workout

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            • #7
              Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
              Why do you do yoga NH? (at the risk of derailing my own thread )
              Well like I said meditation in motion really. Sitting quietly and attempting to meditate doesn't quite suit me. So focusing on the breath in conjunction with movement really quiets my mind much better.

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              • #8
                I prefer not stretching. I seem to get worse doms and more niggles when I do. I do Crossfit 3 times week.

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                • #9
                  i don't stretch before or after

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                  • #10
                    I'm an ice hockey goalie in a rec league. Darn tootin' I stretch. On days I'm not on the ice, I stretch after my workout when the muscles are nice and warm. Mostly static stretching. When I play hockey, I warm up, then do dynamic stretching. In theory, I stretch after the game too, but really I just drink beer.

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                    • #11
                      stretching is like doing bicep curls instead of chin-ups. My view on flexibility has changes dramatically after reading 'Becoming a Supple Leopard'. It gives a unique perspective on our horrible posture and mobility of modern people. He focuses on poses that mobilize joints not specific muscles. Some are very similar to yoga, but more directed towards peoples postural disfunction's.

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                      • #12
                        I don't stretch before or after workouts, but I will do yoga on occasion (aka too sore to do anything on my usual activity days, or a bit after meditation if I feel like it). I find that for me, stretching before workouts lowers my capabilities during the workout just a bit, and stretching after makes my muscles feel weird in a bad way, unlike yoga which makes them feel weird in a good way (if that makes any sense whatsoever).

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                        • #13
                          I definitely stretch after workouts. Not every single time, but I try. Stretching is no longer "in." The thing to do now is mobility exercises a la Kelly Starrett. But I still stretch. I love how it feels, and it definitely helps with the soreness/stiffness. Well, I'm not sure if it really helps with the soreness, but it definitely reduces stiffness. Plus, it just feels really good.

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                          • #14
                            I stretch because I like mobility. I like to be able to easily pick up something off the floor. But I like to be able to inspect that thing on the floor up close before I decide whether I'm going to pick it up with my fingers or it looks like I will need to use a paper towel. I like to be able to twist around and see behind me easily when I'm backing up my vehicle. I like being able to take down things from the same high shelves I started putting them on 20 years ago. All of these things are easier to do when I stretch regularly.

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                            • #15
                              I stretch everywhere, in between sets in the gym, with weights in many exercises like flies or Romanian deads, I stretch in the shower and even on waking up in my bed! Stretching keep the tendons flexible and strong, so it is indeed important especially after the age of thirty…
                              "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                              - Schopenhauer

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