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Basic tips for stretching

March 6, 2014

Are you one of those who forces a stretch to try to get that extra little extension?

Do you push a twinge or bounce to got a little more stretch?

Have you pulled or tweaked a muscle because of these habits?

Then you need to follow these  Basic Tips for Stretching
Don’t hold your breath. Make sure you keep a natural breathing pattern during each stretch. If you know Yogic Breathing, Diaphragmatic Breathing or some other form of “trained breathing techniques” use them to relax into the movements.

Stretching should be done in a slow controlled manner without bouncing or forcing your muscles and joints past their comfort zone.

Do not stretch to the point of pain. During static stretching, if a muscle hurts, you’ve pushed to far. Back off to where you don’t feel any pain, then hold the stretch for 10-30 seconds and repeat.

Dynamic stretching is recommended for some activities (such as cardiovascular training) to move the muscles and joints through a controlled, natural movement pattern, similar to the actual performance of an activity.

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