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Why stretching is important

Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.

Where to start

With a body full of muscles, the idea of daily stretching may seem overwhelming. Stretching your shoulders, neck, and lower back is also beneficial. Aim for a program of daily stretches or at least three or four times per week.

The cumulative effect of stretching

Stretching once today won’t magically give you perfect flexibility. You’ll need to do it over time and remain committed to the process.

Proper execution

Five to ten minutes of light activity such as a quick walk or low impact dancing before stretching can warm up and loosen the muscles before stretching. Stretching the muscles before they’re warmed up can actually hurt them.

For beginner yoga full body stretches for pain and flexibility, the following video can be watched and followed at home.

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