Why Stretching is Dead and What You Can Do Instead

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You might find it interesting to learn that as a physical therapist, athlete and coach I don’t do much stretching. I mean…it’s boring, it takes a long time and to be honest I don’t see much benefit in it for the most part.  Sometimes yes…but most of the time no!

==> There are better ways

Do you feel that way? Do you ever do “stretches” just because you saw someone else doing it or you think it’s what you’re supposed to do before you workout? How’s that working out for you? I mean…are you noticing less injury, improved performance, better posture or anything like that?

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If you’re like most people then probably not.

After learning what I’ve learned about the body through treating thousands of patients, diving deep into research, coaching athletes and experimenting on myself I’m convinced that stretching is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Instead of “stretching” I prefer to “mobilize.”

Mobilizing is a much more effective way to put the body back to where it’s supposed to. Imagine more moving joints and bones and a bit less tugging on muscles. When performed correctly it can be done in a very short time frame so you can relieve pain, improve performance and align your posture.

What I would like to do today is give you a taste what HIGLY effective mobilizations feel like. I promise you’ll feel the difference immediately, you need no equipment and it just ONE MINUTE!

Watch the video below and try it with me…

So how did that feel? Remember this is a more advance routine so if these are new movements for you then take your time, the results will come.

==> There are MANY WAYS you can mobilize

This is not only a good mobility session before your workouts but also and great routine to use around the office if you have the space.

We have MANY more routines that are effective like this one in our Sitting Solution program. These are all exercises that you can do WHILE you’re in the work space where is where it matters most!

==>Go here and get started with the Sitting Solution today!

It’s our mission to help you restore your posture, optimize function, and minimize your pain as long as you live!

 

To your health,

Chad Walding DPT, OPT L1, RKC

6 Responses to Why Stretching is Dead and What You Can Do Instead

  1. Anne M. Rubeo

    I am 80 years old with replaced knees (cannot get on floor) and rod with fused disks in back – what do you suggest for this phase?

    • Chad Walding

      Hey Anne! Thanks for visiting!

      If you can’t get on the floor there are a number of things you can still do.

      Head over to our youtube channel at Sitting Solution TV here:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLliFtpFjHj-GebkKEFwQxg

      Let me know if you have any questions!

      Chad

  2. Mark Bugden

    I’m 50 and attend the gym 3 days a week and hike every day in between.
    I am suprized at my actual lack of flexabilty and have hope the these sort of floor exercises can help my posture and flexability thru my back over time
    Tyvm

    • Chad Walding

      They will most definitely help Mark. Mobility is all about the EXPRESSION of our bodies and if we don’t use it we lose it.

      A lot of people exercises 3, 5, 6 days a week but that doesn’t always mean they are expressing full range of motion in their body..ie riding a bike, working out on machines, riding the elipticle.

      Keep up with this routine and let us know how it goes. Breathe into the movements and spend time there.

      It will come:)

      Chad

  3. Penelope Brookshire

    I do aerobics 3 times a week, and have been using this technique to warm up before starting the routine. I still stretch afterwards, partly as a method to cool down and relax.

    • Chad Walding

      Awesome Penelope 🙂

      I’m glad you’re finding it useful!

      Chad

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