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Effective and Safe Methods of Stretching | Original Article

Anjali O.*, Xaviour G., in International Journal of Physical Education & Sports Sciences | Physical Education, Health, Fitness & Sports


A sedentary lifestyle that involves long periods of sitting or driving can cause muscles to shorten and tighten which can lead to pressure on nerves and pain. By its effect of lengthening muscles, stretching promotes flexibility, that is, the ability to have a full range of motion about your joints. Regular stretching is just as important as regular exercise. Stretching exercises encourage lengthening of the muscles and their associated tendons, and oppose the shortening and tightening of muscles that can occur immediately after vigorous exercise, and as a product of ageing and inactivity. Not taking time to stretch can mean losing the ability to move freely and fully to compete in your perform the activities that are basic to your daily needs. Stretch only when your muscles are warm, as cold muscles are more likely to tear .Including a dedicated stretching routine (for 15 to 20 minutes and unrelated to an exercise session) in your exercise programme 2 or 3 times a week will be an additional help to maintaining your flexibility. De-stressing with stretches, in addition to getting the right amount of sleep, and eating nutritiously can also make a big impact on your overall wellness.