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Aug162012

STEPS TO AVOID INJURY (PART 3)

 

Although studies show that stretching doesn't prevent injury, it does increase your flexibility, and supple muscles are less prone to pain and injury. Just 15 minutes of gentle stretching after cardio or strength training will do the trick. Be sure to stretch AFTER you workout, if you stretch before hold each stretch for 15 seconds or less. Just make sure not to push yourself too hard, as this can cause injuries or make you sore the next day. Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unconsciously. It feels good! In addition to that good feeling, a consistent stretching program will produce large gains in flexibility and joint movement (which we all benefit from!). Everyone should stretch, regardless of age, gender, or flexibility level. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine!  Here are some of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program:
Reduced muscle tension
Increased range of movement in the joints
Enhanced muscular coordination
Increased circulation 
Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)
Enhanced performance in daily life, sports, or other physical activity
Improved posture
Mental relaxation
Remember to stretch daily but never stretch to the point of pain. If it hurts ease out of the stretch a little.
Here’s to a great stretch!
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