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To Stretch or Not?

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When I was first involved in physical activities such as Running, Taekwondo, and Table Tennis, I never knew if stretching prior to the activity is bad for my body and will also be bad in improving my performance. What I actually know is that stretching is a must before any physical activity. I just get on with those pre-activity stretchings that are mostly static, and then some body parts rotation and isolation exercises up to sixteen (16) counts each. These were also our ritual in the Theater prior to doing our mime exercises which requires a lot of big and exaggerated movements for us to be able to portray the act to the viewers without uttering any words.

I lived with it for more than four years, doing static stretches before the physical activity and I never noticed anything damaging to my system, my body, nor to my performance. Even when I'm off from any activities, I got used to stretching every single morning as I wake up. That's the single activity that I can do everyday to wake my blood from the cold eve and seemingly hibernated sleep when I was still in Baguio.

My body got used to the routine of being static to active then more active. And in fact, I even feel incomplete and under-performed whenever I skip that stretching part. Running or playing Table Tennis without stretching first (even if I do some warm-up jogs) feels that my joints can't properly move to its full extent and capacity. Same goes with Taekwondo which really has a lot of stretching exercises that are required to have higher and powerful kicks and agile movements. The flexibility that I needed for Taekwondo and Theater-mime acting was developed through those static stretches. The agility and speed was developed through running and sprinting some hills in Baguio right after those static stretching. And the strength and power came from the push-ups, some weight lifts, core and leg exercises after the tiring morning run. That was when my body was still younger and stronger during my College and aggressive years.

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But what is really the proper way to do before engaging on a workout and stress-demanding exercises? Well there has been a lot of debate about stretching. And on my search for answers, I stumbled upon this piece of article which I think, would be the proper guide if we really need to stretch or not. And what I learned why I never had any injury from static stretching was maybe for what the researchers found out about their "studies of stretching and concluded that the “detrimental effects of static stretch are mainly limited to longer duration” poses, meaning stretches that last for at least a minute."

In contrast, when I started getting back to running since a few years ago, I began to slowly let go of the pre-running static stretches and just do it after some warm-up jogs/runs when my muscles and joints still feels stiff, and after a workout as a cooldown activity to relax my muscles and cardiovascular. Stretching does improve our circulaton, posture, body coordination, and flexibility.

To give you more idea and probably knowledge about the proper time to stretch and if you really should or have to stretch, just follow the link below to find out and share your thoughts and let us all together re-learn. Make sure not to stop reading until you get to the fifth (5th) paragraph:

To Stretch or Not to Stretch by Gretchen Reynolds.

In addition, here are some do's and dont's of stretching that I've also stumbled from yahoo! to guide us on how to properly stretch.


  1. I stretch for about 5 minutes during the week. I know I should probably do it more though.

  2. Pedz, i didn't know that you are a Mime artist. I was right when i thought your moves more resemble that of Marcel Marceau than Michael Jackson!:-)

  3. @Sir Kenley, thanks for the visit. You probably don't have to do it more except if you still want to get taller, lol! Just give me some of your height before doing more stretching =D

  4. @Sir Rene, Marcel Marceau is a legend, while I'm just a trying-hard follower, hehe. But honestly, when I no longer have a space in corporate works, I might settle with re-learning and doing that craft once again. :)


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