Don’t Hold Your Breath While You Stretch

Your muscles need oxygen throughout the stretch so take good deep, slow breaths as you stretch. Holding your breath can also raise blood pressure. Simple stretches such as shoulder rolls don’t require that you hold them, but other stretches such as quadriceps stretches should be held for at least 20 seconds. 60 seconds is even better.
Remember to breathe throughout the stretch.

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Don’t Stretch When Your Muscles are Cold

Cold muscles are tight and don’t have much stretch in them. Instead, warm up for five minutes or more before you stretch any muscle that you hold. A little light running, a few minutes warming up in the sun, or even a warm bath will be enough to get your muscles moving and active before you stretch.

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Balance Your Exercise with Your Stretches

If you lift weights, for example, and you push weights that cause your shoulders to roll forward, then you should balance that exercise with a stretch that stretches your shoulders backward.

The general rule is, to to the front as you would do to the back, and do to the left as you would do to the right.

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Don’t Stretch Only When You Exercise

Try to make stretching a part of your daily routine. You don’t need a special space or exercise clothing to be able to stretch effectively. Spend a few minutes stretching your hamstrings, shoulders, lower back and neck, and you’ll see your flexibility improve quickly.

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Don’t Bounce

Bouncing stretches are a recipe for muscle tears.  The old “hurdler’s stretch” where you put one leg out in front and the other leg behind you, is out as well. That stretch causes stress in the ligaments of your knee. It’s better to put both legs out in front, and stretch toward your toes gently.

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Don’t Stretch When Your Muscles are Cold

Cold muscles are tight and don’t have much stretch in them. Instead, warm up for five minutes or more before you stretch any muscle that you hold. A little light running, a few minutes warming up in the sun, or even a warm bath will be enough to get your muscles moving and active before you stretch.

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Don’t Hold Your Breath While You Stretch

Your muscles need oxygen throughout the stretch so take good deep, slow breaths as you stretch. Holding your breath can also raise blood pressure. Simple stretches such as shoulder rolls don’t require that you hold them, but other stretches such as quadriceps stretches should be held for at least 20 seconds. 60 seconds is even better.
Remember to breathe throughout the stretch.

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#JuicePlus