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5 stretching mistakes you’re probably making

Sure, you know that you should be stretching, but should you stretch before or after your workout? And should those stretches be static or dynamic? Chances are, you’re probably not stretching properly, so to separate fact from fiction, we turned to a stretching expert — Aida Yahaya, founder of Good Stretch (opens in new tab)

According to Harvard Health (opens in new tab), stretching is important when it comes to keeping the muscles flexible and strong. If you don’t stretch, your muscles can shorten and become tight. When you then require that muscle to work hard — for example when you’re out on a run or in the gym — the tight muscle will be unable to extend all the way, putting you at risk of joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. 

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