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So what do the experts recommend?
According to personal trainer Millie Walker, it’s important to stretch both before and after exercise, although the types of stretches should be different.
“Warming up and stretching prior to your workout aims at increasing circulation and getting your mind and body ‘game ready’,” she says.
Plus, it can help to prevent injury.
“Warming up prepares the muscle tissue for a workout to prevent injury during training, while stretching afterwards ensures you maintain and increase range of motion to prepare you for your next session,” explains Luke Scott, managing director of Revolution Personal Training.
Stretching before your workout.
This warm up is also known as movement prep, explains personal trainer Blake Worrall-Thompson.
“It’s all about activating, stabilising and warming up your muscles to make sure that all the right muscles are ready to be worked out and can get the most out of it,” he says.
Walker advises beginning with gradual mobility exercises of the joints with rotations and dynamic stretches of body parts that gradually increase reach or speed with control.
"Leg swings and torso twists are good as they allow the natural lubrication of your body to protect the surface of the bones at the joints," she says.
"Typical exercises I do with clients at this stage are tube walking - where a large elastic band is worn around the feel or legs - to activate the glutes, as well as things like walking lunges," says Worrall-Thompson. (Post continues after gallery.)