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Do You Need To Stretch Every Day?


It’s a common misunderstanding that it’s necessary to stretch every day in order to be mobile. You may be surprised, for example, to hear that while I have what would probably be characterized as above-average flexibility, I only stretch occasionally. And before you assume it’s genetic, I haven’t always been very flexible.

Like any broad question, the answer to whether you should stretch every day is “it depends.”

If you are operating from a range of motion deficit, you would likely benefit from daily mobility. Chances are, already know who you are.

If, on the other hand, you are already flexible -- perhaps even too flexible (there is such a thing) -- daily stretching may not be the best use of your time, and could be detrimental.

I’ll use my own experience with flexibility to provide some context.

When I started training with a barbell, I was weak and inflexible. Some nagging injuries led me to look into improving my mobility alongside strength, and I spent the better part of a few years spending time on mobility drills every day. Fast forward to now, and I’ve maintained nearly the same functional mobility with hardly any regular stretching to speak of. It’s not a secret sauce trick I’ve discovered, it’s just an example of “if you use it, you don’t lose it.”

Simply put, if you have adequate range of motion, and you regularly move through that range of motion (as any sufficient functional fitness program will have you do), your range of motion will generally stay the same, perhaps with the need for occasional maintenance here and there.

If, on the other hand, you have inadequate range of motion, something like daily stretching may be necessary -- temporarily at least -- to get your flexibility up to speed. The good news is, once you’ve earned that flexibility, regular functional movement through those end ranges of motion should do the trick.

Stretching, like anything else, ought to be applied appropriately based on your unique situation. If you need it, do it every day! If you don’t, consider how you might better spend your time. If you’re unsure, ask your coach!

- PS


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