Health Tip: Warm Up Before Exercise06/30/11
(HealthDay News) -- Slow, gentle stretching before you begin
more intense exercise is essential to warming up and preventing
injury. It gives your body time to adjust before more intense
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these
guidelines for stretching before your workout:
- Warm up your muscles slowly by performing an aerobic activity
at a very "easy pace."
- Make your movements gentle and slow, remembering to breathe and
- Hold each stretch in position for 10 to 30 seconds.
- Never bounce as you stretch.
- Stretch within your comfort level, and ease up if your stretch
begins to hurt.
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