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Stretch Out Your Stretching

Posted Dec 10 2012 7:33pm
Stretching is a subject of debate among fitness experts, but one thing is for sure: Whether you choose to stretch before, during or after your workout routine, you should do it regularly to enjoy the most benefits.

Stretching for weeks, or at least a few days, before a major event may improve performance in sports activities, as well as help prevent painful player injuries. Seven separate studies have found that specifically force, jump height and speed are positively affected by frequent stretching sessions performed over a longer period of time.

The focus of stretching should be on the areas you’ve been activating. For example, if you’re a runner, stretches should focus primarily on the legs. Or, if you play baseball or softball, stretches should focus on your throwing shoulder, back and legs. Even if you're walking for weight loss, it's a good idea to stretch every day.

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