Functional Fitness: The Ultimate Guide to Stretching Before and After Workouts

Stretching before and after exercise is an important part of any fitness routine. Dynamic stretching is recommended before a workout, while static stretching is best done after a workout. Static stretching involves stretches that are held for a period of time, usually between 10 and 60 seconds, depending on capacity. It is best to do 3 sets of each stretch.

Examples of these stretches include sitting butterflies, hamstring stretching, and kneeling hip flexor stretching.

Whatever it is, this compound movement works several vital muscles, including the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back, making it a must in any functional exercise routine

. Functional training is a type of training that focuses on the movements that help you function better in your daily life. It is important to take a day off between training sessions.

Deadlifting is also an important part of functional fitness as it helps to build strength and balance. Functional physical activity can also help you control your weight. There's a time and a place for both dynamic and static stretching, but it's important to introduce variety and instability if your goal is to develop comprehensive functional fitness. Are you ready to set fitness goals but don't know where to start? Our licensed physical therapists can create a personalized exercise plan to help you achieve your goals and conquer the new year.

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