Stretching is essential of any well-rounded fitness regimen. Different components can help improve flexibility, reduce the risk of injury, enhance performance, and build a strong and stable core, which is the foundation for almost every movement.
There are different types of stretching:
Static Stretching: This involves holding a stretch for a set period (usually 15-60 seconds). It's best done post-workout.
Dynamic Stretching: This involves active movement that brings a muscle through its full range of motion. It's best done before a workout to warm up.
PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation): This is an advanced form of flexibility training that involves both stretching and contracting the muscle group being targeted.
Ballistic Stretching: This uses momentum to force a limb into an extended range of motion. It can be risky and is not typically recommended for the general population.