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When is the best time to stretch? — J. Hung, MD

Bonnie Moore


Some research indicates that you gain the most benefit from stretching a muscle that''s in the process of cooling down. So there is a lot to be gained by stretching after a workout. However, there are other benefits to stretching before exercising. Pre-exercise stretching helps your body prepare for activity. It increases range-of-motion and improves fluidity of motion. This can translate to decreased risk for injury and improved performance. So overall, it's best to take time to stretch both before and after exercising.

About Bonnie Moore

Bonnie Moore, FoodFit's Executive Chef, graduated from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in Math and Statistics before forsaking her calculator for a whisk. Bonnie earned an associate degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University and a degree in pastry arts from L'Academie de Cuisine. She was the sous chef at the Inn at Little Washington, the only five-star, five-diamond kitchen in the United States, and a former chef-instructor in the professional program at L'Academie de Cuisine in Maryland. Bonnie likes to be involved with food at every stage, from planting seeds at the farm to creating a meal for her family. She believes that there is no better place to foster community and nourish those you love than around a table piled with delicious food.

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