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Stretch Safely!

Sat, 2 Sep 2006

We know it's good to stretch before and after our workouts. Stretching helps prepare our muscles for action. It keeps them supple. It is also essential for preventing injuries! Don't make the mistake of stretching the wrong way. Experts at Montana State University advise the

following:
  • Make sure you aren't stretching cold muscles. Get ready for the challenge with a gentle five-minute walk or jog, or even a warm bath.
  • Think slow and smooth! Aim for what is called a static stretch. Reach until you feel tension, but not pain, and hold that position for 20 seconds to one minute. Be sure to never bounce while stretching!
  • Remember to breathe deeply and naturally throughout each move. Don't hold your breath!
  • Ease into stretching, rather than trying to touch your nose to the floor the first time around. It will take time for your body to gain maximum flexibility. So don't rush it!

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