To stretch or not to stretch?

Use your BRAIN principle (Benefits Risks Alternatives Intuition Nothing) Benefits: Stretching maintains the physiological muscle length, keeps the fascia elastic and reduces the possibility of cramps, making you feel more balanced. Don’t stretch at random, seek advice on which areas are most important for you. Risks: Stretching while the body is ‘cold’, such as before a work-out, can reduce the natural elasticity and springiness of muscles and increases your risk of injury. Use dynamic stretching such as jumping instead. Stretch each area for at least 40 seconds to be effective and don’t worry about overstretching. If you are hypermobile you might feel bored with certain stretches when other

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