Stretching will help you as you become more active. It may help prevent injury and reduce muscle soreness and cramping. It will also help you with everyday tasks, such as tasks where you need to reach for things or bend over.
Types of stretches include a calf stretch, groin stretch, and hamstring stretch.
Here's one approach to stretching:
When you exercise, you repeatedly shorten your muscles. To counter this effect, you need to stretch slowly and regularly, which makes you more flexible. Combining it with other fitness activities is best.
You don't have to limit stretching to an activity warm up. You can stretch anytime: First thing in the morning, during your coffee break, or in the office for a few minutes. You can also try activities that include stretching, such as dance, martial arts (aikido or karate), tai chi, or yoga.
Other Works Consulted
- Anspaugh DJ, et al. (2011). Improving flexibility. Wellness: Concepts and Applications, 8th ed., pp. 151–164. New York: McGraw-Hill.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science|
|Last Revised||July 17, 2012|
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