How long should I hold a stretch? - Orthotics, Podiatry, Sports Medicine in Vancouver, White Rock
You cannot time a stretch! The tightness of your muscles varies with the exercise and activity level of the previous days. You must hold your stretch until the muscle’s relaxation and elongation occurs and you feel no more tension. The harder you load a muscle group in a stretch, the longer you will have to wait for the muscles to relax. You stretch does not start until the muscles stop burning calories and working. “The Stark Reality of Stretching” explains the science of stretching and is your best resource for information regarding proper stretching techniques.
Dr Steven D. Stark - Podiatry, Orthotics, Sports Medicine - Vancouver, White Rock