Wednesday, 13 June 2007

fitness tip - stretching

Stretching is an essential component of a successful exercise routine. Stretching will assist in increasing physical performance, decreasing risk of injury, increasing coordination and balance, reducing stress and enhancing enjoyment. To get the most benefit from a stretching routine:

* Always warm up before stretching
* Stretching should be slow and controlled without any bouncing
* Hold each stretch at a point of mild tension for 10-30 seconds. Repeat this 3 to 5 times.
* Do not excessively extend, flex, twist or lock any joints.

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