I’ve already talked a bit about dynamic stretching, but you should know about static stretching too. Static stretching is when you hold a muscle to the point of tension for 20-30 seconds. It should feel a bit uncomfortable, but not to the point of pain. Don’t bounce your stretch; that can damage the muscle. Here are some static stretches to try:

  • Calf Stretch – stand on the edge of a curb or step and lower heels gently.
  • Gluteal/Piriformis Stretch – when seated or lying down, place your foot on the opposite knee.
  • Pectoral Stretch –┬ámake a “T” with your upper arms, bending your elbows, and placing forearms against the door frame. Lean forward until you feel a stretch.