The Ins and Outs of Stretching

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•  Begin to stretch from a proper alignment / position
•  Don't strain or stretch too far--never stretch to the point of pain
•  Increase the stretch only after you feel yourself / muscles relax
•  Breathe slowly and rhythmically
•  Do not hold your breath while stretching
•  Do not stretch beyond a point where you can breathe normally
•  Hold each stretch for 15-20 seconds to allow the muscle to relax
•  Repeat each stretch 2-3 times
•  Think about the area being stretched (Be in tune with your body)
•  If you feel pain ease off to a more comfortable position
•  If pain continues consult your doctor
•  Stretch only within your limits
•  Your flexibility may vary daily so do not try to overdo it if your body says "no"
•  Adjust each stretch to your own flexibility
•  If you need to release a stretch before you're guided to, do so
•  Stretching is important to maintain flexibility so be sure to stretch as least 3-days per week