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Common Fitness Blunders - Part 1

Even Experienced Exercisers Can Be Guilty of These

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  • I've been exercising to Leslie Sansone DVDs for years and that is one thing she always stresses (warm-up, cool down and stretch) so I have carried those practices into the gym with me. I am amazed at how many people do not practice this. I usually get strange looks when I stretch at the end of my routine. Cudos to Leslie Sansone! - 6/1/2015 9:27:50 AM
  • Great article. My hubby always tell me that I should stretch. But I don't listen. But I guess I need to read this. I am guilty. So I will do stretching after my exercise. - 12/2/2013 10:48:47 AM
  • I have always been a committed stretcher but somehow lately it has been getting lost in the shuffle. This is a good reminder to me to get back to it so I don't lose my flexibility. - 5/18/2013 10:15:32 PM
  • Good article. I used to use stretches in rapid repetition more as a warm up. But with what I've been reading recently, these are only to be used afterward. Guess I've been doing it all wrong for years. At 52, I only put on the weight in the last three years. - 4/11/2013 6:28:22 AM
  • I am 62 and work out at least an hour and a half 90% of the month, with a warm up at the start and 10 minute total body stretch routine at the end. It helps with my balance, flexibility. - 4/10/2013 12:51:37 PM
  • PUGGLEMONKEY
    Good info. I'm amazed at the number of exercise videos out there that seem to skip the stretching and warm-up at the beginning or the end. I've also run across a few strength training videos that have you racing through the moves in a way that I am sure is not healthy or safe for the joints. Buyer beware. As someone who has to do low impact and be careful with my joints, I have learned the hard way to trust my gut when trying new videos. There is a BIG difference between being challenged (in a healthy way) and being rushed. Trust your instincts about what feels right! - 4/10/2013 9:32:05 AM
  • In my younger days, I was very stretched out and flexible, but many years and 75 pounds later, not so much. HOWEVER, I started a new exercise activity and began stretching again. I am very pleased to report that you can regain much of your original flexibility!

    I may not be at 100% but I am definitely seing major improvements and believe that if I could discipline myself to put in the time, I could recapture nearly 95% of my flexibility capacity. Even now, in my early 50's.
    - 4/10/2013 9:09:36 AM
  • I always thought starting a workout slowly would incorporate the warmup at the same time without the stretching.
    I'm afraid I dislike stretching. Don't know why. Can't get into it. That's why I don't like yoga. - 4/10/2013 8:56:01 AM
  • HARVCOWAN
    Great reminders.....esp as we age, w/o scar tissue on torn muscles!!! - 3/16/2013 11:00:30 AM
  • I can't do exercise; but is a great article. I can't take 5 pounds on my hands. I can't pick up a baby born. - 8/21/2012 12:23:37 AM
  • You are so right, we all skip a warm-up, cool-down and even stretching. It is funny because when I teach a class all the above are very large components of the workouot; however if I am working out alone and pressed for time I will skip one of them!! I guess I should practice what I preach!! - 3/1/2011 11:35:20 AM
  • You know I used to TEACH karatedo for 10 years and even I am guilty of skipping a warm up even though I should KNOW better. - 1/20/2011 3:08:10 PM
  • CIRANDELLA
    Stretching WORKS: Now I'm a dead-ringer for Gumby! - 1/19/2011 8:30:59 PM
  • JEANMEEHAN
    we don't all want to lose weight! some of us are trying to gain...please, a few suggestions on this front. - 1/19/2011 4:39:11 PM
  • I play tennis 60 or 90 min sessions7 times each week on average, just a little warm up hitting before jumping right in. No cool down or streching for me... thats probably why i am almost stiff a board except when I am playing... (cant even come close to toucing me toes)..., but have remained pretty much free of injury or any discomfort since I started playing several years ago. - 1/19/2011 4:16:33 PM

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