because it relaxes your mind and tunes up your body, should
be part of your daily life.
will find that regular stretching will do the following:
range of motion
maintain your current level of flexibility so as time
passes you do not be come stiffer and stiffer.
prevent injuries, tight muscles, decreased joint function,
and increased biomechanical stress such as muscle strains.
(A strong, flexible pre-stretched muscle resists better
than a strong, stiff unstretched muscle.)
muscle tension and makes the body feel more relaxed.
body awareness - As you stretch various parts of the body,
you focus on them and get in touch with them - you get
to know yourself.
You can overstretch and tear muscle fibers if you aren't
careful and/or don't listen to your body - use common sense.
People with physical health problems especially with their
joints should consult with a health care professional before
starting a stretching program.
You can improve your flexibility at any age.
can learn to stretch regardless of age or flexibility. You
do not need to be in top physical condition or have specific
athletic skills. Whether you sit at a desk all day, dig
ditches, do housework, stand at an assembly line, drive
a truck, or exercise regularly; the same techniques of stretching
apply. The methods are gentle and easy, conforming to individual
differences in muscle tension and flexibility. So, if you
are healthy, without any specific physical problems, you
can learn how to stretch safely and enjoyably.
should you stretch?
can be done any time you feel like it: at work, in a car,
waiting for a bus, walking down the road, under a nice shady
tree after a hike or at the beach. Stretch before and after
physical activity, but also stretch at various times of
the day when you can.
are some examples:
the morning before the start of the day.
work to release nervous tension.
sitting or standing for a long time.
you feel stiff.
odd times during the day, for instance when watching TV,
listening to music, reading or sitting and talking.
always a good idea to stretch before and after activities
and if you feel stiff. Unfortunately, I have found that
when I ask my patients to stretch 2 or 3 times a day, they
soon get too busy and forget to stretch (especially when
they're feeling better). Therefore, I now believe that stretching
should be done on a spontaneous basis throughout the day.
By spontaneous, I mean stretch while you are waiting for:
a bank teller
meeting to start
document to print
should be done in a slow/gentle and painless manner. Where
you "listen" to your body and stretch progressively
over a 30-60 second period. Start with slight tension, without
pain and increase stretch as the muscles relax.
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