While we all can’t be Mister Fantastic from the Fantastic Four, think of your muscles like you would a rubber band—they are easy to stretch when warm, but cold ones break more easily.

PumpUp member elizabethmaria points out from the literature that stretching after is “the most productive and safest time because the muscles are warm and pliable.” This will help to minimize stiffness, aches, and pains later on—helping you to recover faster and prevent injury.

Jeremy Duvall from Men’s Fitness explains that muscles contract after exercise, leaving them in a shortened state after workouts. He elaborates, “Stretching helps to reset your body to a natural posture and position.”

However, dynamic warm-ups are still important before you exercise! Thank you annakowaleski for sharing us a pic of your post-run stretch and congrats elizabethmaria for answering “C” and winning the pump up swag challenge!

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