Stretching will help you as you become more active. It may help prevent injury and reduce muscle soreness and cramping. It will also help you with everyday tasks, such as tasks where you need to reach for things or bend over.
Types of stretches include a calf stretch, groin stretch, and hamstring stretch.
Here's one approach to stretching:
You don't have to limit stretching to an activity warm up. You can stretch anytime: First thing in the morning, during your coffee break, or in the office for a few minutes. You can also try activities that include stretching, such as dance, martial arts (aikido or karate), tai chi, or yoga.
Other Works Consulted
- Anspaugh DJ, et al. (2011). Improving flexibility. Wellness: Concepts and Applications, 8th ed., pp. 151–164. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Current as of: May 5, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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