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Still moving like Jagger…

If I can move like Jagger when I’m pushing 72, I will be ecstatic. How does he do it?

Not only has Mick Jagger managed to dance on stage long past the age most professional dancers retire, but on his own terms. He created his very own athletic, free-form style of interpretive dance, including his virtually infinite dance vocabulary. His moves add a dimension to his vocals and make the Rolling Stones live music even more compelling.

The vision of him performing a split leap high into the air during a 1981 Rolling Stones concert is forever emblazoned into my memory bank. Although he can’t pull off that move anymore, he still commands the stage and becomes one with the music.

When asked by The Plain Dealer’s Chuck Yarborough if he had “some sort of magic Mick Jagger fitness program, Jagger responded, “… I have to work at it, and you can’t expect it to drop in your lap. You have to practice it. It’s hard work to keep it…”

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Benefits of Dynamic Stretching

What is dynamic stretching? 

…stretching muscles while you are moving. Static stretching refers to stretching muscles while you are not moving, such as standing in place and reaching down to touch your toes.

How can static stretching weaken your muscles?

…by straining “cold” muscles. Gretchen Reynolds’ article in the New York Times, Stretching:  The Truth cites several university studies that explain exactly how static stretching weakens your muscles when used to warm up before exercise.

How does dynamic stretching benefit you more than static stretching? Before dynamic stretching you should do a brief, several minute, aerobic routine such as jumping rope to get the blood flowing to your muscles.  Dynamic stretching imitates movement and further warms up the muscles.  Ideally the dynamic stretches you do should imitate the movement of the sport you are about to perform.

Dynamic Stretches Before Running Runner’s World’s A Dynamic Routine – Stretch Safely Before you Run includes a video and written summaries of six pre-run dynamic stretches.

Dynamic Stretches that Help Relieve Sciatica Pain

If you sit many hours or don’t have strong core muscles, you can develop lower back pain or sciatica pain. Dynamic stretches such as Toy Soldiers (kicking each leg up to meet your opposite hand while walking exaggeratedly) loosen tight hamstrings, which can help relieve this pain.  So can dynamic stretches that loosen the muscles near the hip such as Coach Nick Tuminello demonstrates in his video Dynamic Mobility Warm Up for the Hips.

Trainer Casey Garrison Garrison, House of Power gym owner, specializes in training explosive athletes in sports such as baseball, track, football, and hockey.  As part of his training he teaches all of his athletes how to use dynamic stretches to warm up and explains their benefits in the accompanying video.  

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