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Stretching 101

Hold stretches until muscles feel tight, not sore

(HealthDayNews) -- Stretching before and after exercising is key to avoiding injury. But the way in which you stretch is just as important.

Montana State University, Northern, offers these safe stretching tips:

  • Don't stretch a cold muscle. Warm up by walking, jogging, or by taking a warm bath.
  • Use a static stretch, which is stretching to the point where the muscle feels tight but not painful. Hold for 20 seconds to a minute.
  • Avoid lunging or bouncing.
  • Breathe naturally and stay relaxed.
  • Ease into the stretch slowly and rhythmically.
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