I just wrote an article on some simple stretches you can do before engaging in physical activity. Since Achilles, Groin, Calves are prevalent injuries for individuals 40+, I thought I would write an article addressing that part of the body. What do you suggest? Here is the link to my article: http://kisardhillon.com/?p=1040
I find the biggest actual complaint is due to people over stretching. Stretching beyond mild discomfort into actual pain is incorrect technique. And then the second complaint is that they feel stretching is not productive use of their time. Which I compare to oral hygeine or house cleaning. Neither is absolutely necessary to get by, but neglecting either will eventually cost you big time. Helping people to appreciate stretching as an enjoyable and relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of life is my personal preference.
If someone does not like stretching then why give “simple” stretches? Use positional isometrics ( a little research will define them). Isometrics can increase nervous system activity as well as increase ROM. Look up muscle stiffness, muscle activation techniques, facilitation, etc.
To clarify the strength loss from stretching- Muscles can weaken temporarily after static stretching (FACT), more importantly is the fact that studies are not even looking at possible side effects (weakening) of muscles in areas (joints) away from the actual muscles being stretched. For example: what if you stretch your right hamstring and a study looks at your leg curl strength after the stretch? Who cares, what if stretching your right hamstring makes your right gluteus medius go weak? How would you know? Don’t be so narrow focused, your big toe is connected to the fascia on your forehead…