New research has cast doubt upon the benefits of stretching before going for a run.
Two physiotherapists from Melbourne had their findings published in the reputable British Journal of Sports Medicine. They found that static muscle stretching has no impact on improved performance or reduced injury risk for runners.
Instead, they suggest trying an active warm-up as a better option. Active warm-ups might include a 5-10 minute walk or light jog before going for a run.
The physios also recommend strength training to help protect your muscles from injury.
In saying this, it’s our opinion that static stretching is good for joint flexibility and is often used by people to wind down after exercise. If it works for you as part of your routine, then go for it.