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Stretching for Flexibility

by Jeff Dailey
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Stretching for Flexibility

Stretching for FlexibilityStretching is one of the most vital parts of a complete exercise program. Performing a variety of stretches will help you gain flexibility and reduce muscle stiffness and soreness. Stretching for Flexibility
In addition to the benefits of stretching/flexibility exercises on their own, you should never start a workout without first warming up and stretching your muscles. This will reduce the risk of injury. You should also stretch as a cool-down at end of a workout to help your muscles relax.
Some exercise programs focus solely on stretching and flexibility. Others, like Yoga and Pilates, emphasize both flexibility and muscle strength. Some stretching programs emphasize meditation and internal reflection. Check out your local gym, YMCA, yoga center or senior center for what’s available.

Use Daily Activities As Stretching Exercises

You can use your everyday chores to help with flexibility. What could be easier? Perform these simple stretches every day as you go about your normal activities. Warm up slowly and don’t stretch so far that it hurts.

  • Reach down from a standing position to tie your shoes.
  • Look over your shoulder when you back up the car.
  • Reach down to shave your legs and even the tops of your toes.
  • Get a map of the constellations and make it a point every clear evening to look up at the sky and study the stars.
  • When you hear a bird singing in a tree nearby, bend your neck and try to find it and identify its species.

NOTE: Always talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. very type of exercise is not appropriate for all people, especially if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. And it’s important that you start slowly with any physical activity.

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