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LULUBELLE65
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5/20/14 4:23 A

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I've done yoga on and off for years, but it wasn't until I developed IT band syndrome last year that I began to take stretching seriously. I religiously follow the stretching exercises my PT gave me, and not only is the pain gone, but I can move in ways I never could before.

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5/16/14 6:11 P

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I do a "yoga-stretching" routine that lasts me about 1/2 hour every day, 6 days a week. You will feel results in the first week, even if it is only being able to stretch an inch or 2 lower. I keep doing my daily routine until I can sit with my legs out in front and spread wide, and I can fold forward at the middle and feel my chest on the floor. It takes about 3 months for me to stretch my muscles out.

I have a bad habit of starting and stopping at the gym, so I have done this 3 times now, which is how I know how long it takes emoticon

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5/12/14 12:23 A

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I usually do some stretching exercises every day.



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5/9/14 9:26 A

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I try to stretch most days for 15 minutes. I have really good upper body flexibility but incredibly tight lower body and hamstrings. It took quite some time for me to be able to touch my toes, so don't get discouraged! The decreased aches from running were enough to get me to stick with it.



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5 days a week for me too! I've started hiking now that I live in one of the day hike capitals of the world... but being overweight, out of shape and untoned has made that challenging! Think daily stretching will prepare my muscles for challenging hikes. =)



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5/7/14 6:42 P

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Thanks everyone! I will aim for 5 days a week and see how that goes.



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5/7/14 4:31 P

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Yoga is what worked for me over the past couple of years - I'm still not as flexible as I'd like to be but at 56 yo it seems takes more time and effort to get to where I want to be than it used to.



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I agree with the others, When I first started I was going at it 5 days a week. I imporved in many areas quickly (toe touch for me was easy) but others slowly (it took me 8 months to do a full side split).

Just take your time and keep it up!

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5/7/14 2:52 P

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I agree that 2-3 days per week might not be enough to see results in the short term. I'd aim for 10 minutes (or so) 5 days a week and see if you make faster progress with that routine.

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5/7/14 2:29 P

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Just from personal experience 2 days a week would not be enough for me to see any improvement. My old gym had recommended 2 or 3 days a week and I never got anywhere, but when I started a regular routine at home (5 days a week) there was noticeable improvement by the beginning of the second week.



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A few years ago, I started taking yoga because I too thought that I wasn't flexible enough. I took a class 1-2 times per week.

What sort of results did I see ? It varied. For some things, I noticed slight increases fairly quickly i.e. a few short weeks. However, other improvements were much more subtle and I didn't really notice them until after several months of practice.

In general, I would say I noticed some improvements in a 6-8 week period.

What I learned from my yoga instructor is this, changes in flexibility are measured in millimeters. There is one pose (low push up) that took me close to a year to master. so, don't beat yourself up if some changes take a while.






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If you have regained your flexibility through a stretching routine, how long did it take you to see those results? How often, and for how long, did you stretch?

I know I won't see results immediately, but I feel like I haven't gained any flexibility at all. It always feels like it's the first time I've ever done it. I've only been doing it a couple of weeks though. 20 minutes a session 2 - 3 days a week.



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Make time, or make excuses. The choice is yours.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.


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