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How to Start a Stretching Routine

by Latisha Porter (follow)
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There are many health benefits to regular stretching. Not only can stretching help increase your flexibility, which is an important factor of fitness, but it can also improve your posture, reduce stress and body aches.

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Here’s some important facts you need to know before starting a stretching routine:

Fact 1: If you’re new to a regular stretching routine, take it slow.

Fact 2: You need a solid grasp of proper form and technique.

Fact 3: You can stretch any time during the day.

Fact 4: Aim for 5 to 10 minutes of stretching prior to your workout.

Fact 5: Aim for another 5 to 10 minutes of stretching after your workout.

Fact 6: On days when you aren’t exercising, still plan to schedule at least 5 to 10 minutes of time for stretching to help improve flexibility and reduce muscle tightness.

Fact 7: Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and avoid bouncing.

Whether you’re new to exercise or a seasoned athlete, you can benefit from a regular stretching routine. If you incorporate 5 to 10 minutes of stretching into your daily workout, you can increase your range of motion, improve your posture, and ease your mind.

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