4 minutes to stronger muscles
Friday, June 21, 2013
I am cleaning out stacks of paper and old magazines..but I often reread things before moving them out. This afternoon I found this article in a Good Housekeeping magazine page 42 March 2008.
"4 Minutes to Stronger Muscles"
"Stretching not only makes you more limber, it also makes your muscles stronger, reports a new study from Brazil. When a group of young adults were guided through stretches designed to lengthen tight muscles in the backs of their thighs (the hamstrings), both their back and front thigh muscles became up to 12 percent stronger. "Stretch the muscle groups that you use in your workout,' advises Luci F. Teixeira-Salmela, Ph.D., of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, who adds that limbering up is even more important as people get older and lose flexibility. To do the hamstring stretch that researchers used in the study, stand up and - keepin gyour legs straight- place one food on a table or bench high enough that you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh. Hold 30 seconds; do four times on each side."