Dynamic stretching is the perfect warm up because it activates muscles and blood flow, reducing the risk of injury. In week 5 of our stretching video series, exercise therapist Lucia Farina from FRAME focuses on a dynamic stretching
Learning how to stretch properly is important to reduce your risk of injury, quicken muscle recovery, improve flexibility and posture. This dynamic stretching routine is a great pre-workout warm up to help free up movement and get the blood flowing.
What is dynamic stretching?
Dynamic stretches are stretches that involve constant movement and don’t require holding a position – opposite to a static stretch basically.
This particular type of stretching helps to activate muscles, increase blood flow, improve flexibility, provide energy to the muscles and in turn prep your body before a workout, especially if you’re about to lift weights.
Today’s five minute dynamic stretching video is a light all over warm up, the aim here is to perform big movements and make sure the spine gets a good twist as it’s a vital movement to keep your spine young.
Each movement can be performed six or more times on each side to get your joints lubricated and ready for action.
This routine will work best before a resistance workout rather than a cardio workout, however it can work for both as long as you include a separate cardio warm up.
If you can’t even make it to the gym today this is ideal for anyone to start their day or finish it after being stuck at your desk all day.
Lucia Farina began her fitness journey through Martial Arts at the age of 17. Moving into Aerial (Circus Skills), she mastered the art of using physical training to strengthen the mind. She also specialises in the management of lower back pain exercise referrals.
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