Stretching: Episode 25
- Covering myths, legends, current best practices and the how, when, what, where of stretching
- We review Jimmy Chips – Original from Jimmy Johns. Thanks Hank!
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Today we are going to go over stretching. To stretch, not to stretch, when should you stretch, how should you stretch. How hard should you stretch. And we are going to review the Jimmy Johns Original potato chip, compliments of Hank. “Just like it ought to be”, it say’s it right there on the bag. It does say that. It also says crunchy and salty, it’s kinda doing our job for us. We don’t even have to test them. If you like crunchy and salty go get you some Jimmy Chips.
Stretching. Stretchiinngg. No, not really, don’t stretch often? Sometimes? Stretching in the traditional sense of static holding, you shouldn’t really do. No. Lots of evidence suggests; don’t do it before activity because it reduces your ability to produce force. Afterward it has no effect on your soreness, really at all, statistically speaking. Again we are talking about static stretching here.
That is kind of what you think about when you stretch. You stand and hold one position for 30 seconds or a minute or what have you. A lot this has to do with, if you are trying to make meaningful change in the length of muscles and or tendons, more likely muscles. You have to hold that position for upwards of 30 minutes. So most people are not doing that, for obvious reasons. You don’t have that kind of time.
If you really want to make an improvement you have to spend a lot of time. Think of a goaltenders, dancers or cheerleaders doing the splits. They spend a lot of time over a long period working themselves into those positions, many years. Short term you may get a little relief but it’s not really helping you with anything in particular.
It depends on what you goal is. What are you trying to get out of stretching? Are you trying to prevent injury? Are you trying to lengthen muscles? Are you trying to relax muscles? Stretching has been used over the years to influence all of these and is not necessarily very effective. There are other ways to more effectively warm up or cool down or length tissue. So stretching in its original sense is not really as useful or effective for that.