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Stretching (the truth)
by Dr. David Williams

Flexibility exercises have been shown to reduce stress, lower risk of injury, relieve muscle soreness, and improve sport performance.

Researchers have recently demonstrated another benefit of a regular flexibility program.

The study examined 76 untrained subjects who weight trained and stretched three times per week and those who only weight trained. At the end of the ten week study, the stretchers had strength gains that were 19 percent greater than the non-stretchers.

When you stretch, follow these basic guidelines:

  1. Stretch statically (do not bounce)
  2. Hold each stretching position for 10-30 seconds
  3. Release all inappropriate muscle contractions (relax)
  4. Do not hold your breath
  5. Stretch all of the major muscle groups
  6. Stretch before and after your workout.

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