Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Stretching Correctly

Current Weight: 217 lbs
Body Fat: 29.2%
Exercise Tip 5: Stretch correctly

Numerous studies have found that stretching does not prevent injuries, and vigorous stretching can actually cause injuries. However, proper stretching does improve flexibility, so when using any type of workout routine to increase muscle mass, especially those like HIIT, be sure to stretch properly before and afterward to maintain flexibility.

Slow, steady extension and retraction of the muscles for counts of 30 is a good way to stretch. Pushing any muscle too fast or too hard can cause injury, even when stretching. Push just to the point of mild discomfort. If you start feeling severe pain, your muscles will tense, preventing any benefit.

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