Health Tip: Stretch Safely12/19/13
(HealthDay News) -- Stretching after exercise can help your body
adjust to inactivity without pain or discomfort.
The American Council on Exercise offers these safe-stretching
- Don't stretch if muscles aren't warmed up.
- Carefully stretch until there's light tension in the muscles,
taking a deep breath and slowly exhaling.
- Hold that position for 15-to-30 seconds, relax and repeat up to
- Stay still and don't bounce during stretching.
- Don't push yourself to the point of pain; ease the stretch
until it is comfortable.
- Breathe normally as you stretch. Don't hold your breath.
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