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Stretching Should Not Be Missing In Action

Easy Moves that Keep You in the Game


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  • This article comes at a perfect time. I tried doing yoga today at the gym, and was so inflexible that I had to leave the class. I realize I never stretch before or after classes. Starting tomorrow I will do so!
  • Stretching is my favorite part of a workout! I love savoring in the feeling of accomplishment for how hard I just worked, while giving my muscles and joints a reward for their effort. And it just feels so good! I've always been a big fan of stretching, since I started playing peewee softball at age 9, and as a result, I have a decent range of motion.
    It's a shame my gym doesn't feel the same way about stretching - there's hardly any floor space to stretch out after a workout, and I'm often battling with people doing strength training...
    Stretching is a must after every excercie routine,it also helps too down properly.
  • Very helpful information. Will add to my workout routine.
  • I like that I am releasing unwanted toxins and waste products when stretching as well as relaxing the muscle group and gaining improved flexibiltiy.
  • An all stretching video would be great. I have a Karen Voight Pure & Simple Stretch tape (yeah, tape!) that I love & need to do more often. Thanks for the article! I've been trying to make regular stretching more of a routine. Thanks for the motivation!
  • JDBD17
    I'm so glad I read this! I've been stretching out in the pool after I slowly jog my first half-lap (25 meters) I'll stop now.

    But I do LU-U-UV my post-jogging stretch! Especially when it's relatively quiet in the pool.

    What a timely article for me. Somehow stretching had dropped by the wayside. I was spending all of my exercise time with cardio and strength and I could not understand why my body was hurting where it should not hurt. Stretching is changing all that.

  • It's really difficult (and painful) to get lost flexibility back when you are older and have joint wear. So stretch regularly throughout your life to keep hold of it.
  • Thanks for this article. Hey, I was wondering is it possible for you, Coach Nicole to make a SparkPeople fitness dvd that has nothing but stretching workouts? I seem to be doing the same stretches and have made sure to save this article to favorites but I don't always have the computer on. It would be nice to have a dvd to put in after a cardio workout or strength workout to do some more stretching.
    Just some food for thought.
  • All too often overlooked flexibility is an important component to general good health. I needed the reminder, good basic article.
  • Very grateful for this article - I have been missing out on stretching because I am always in a rush to get on with other things once I have done a warm-up and a workout. Hopefully my muscles will be less sore now that know how important it is to complete the workout process. Always learning something more here - thank you.
  • Very helpful. I learned this week from a massage that I have not been stretching enough. The massage therapist found that I was super ticklish when she tried to massage my legs. She said that my muscle were very tense. I thought I was doing enough stretching. I've stepped it since then and I will use this article as my guide. THANKS!
  • Great article! I saved it and will refer to it often. As a beginner in the world of becoming fit, this is quite useful!
  • I have learned to take the time to stretch after a workout, and I am amazed how much more limber I have become! I feel lighter and taller too!

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