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Should I stretch before or after I work out?

Should I stretch before or after I work out?

In this edition of Healthy U Tips, Audra Burrus, a fitness specialist at Poudre Valley Medical Fitness in Windsor, Colo., answers explains why you don't want to stretch before a workout and provides four tips for getting the most out of your stretches.

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When exercising, don't skip the stretching

Stretching is important because as you exercise, your muscles shorten. By regularly stretching the muscles, you counteract that shortening. Stretching promotes flexibility, allowing you to move your muscles and joints through their full range of motion.

Simple exercises to make you limber

Although stretching is simple to do, it's often the most neglected part of people's fitness regimens, according to the American Council on Exercise. Stretching can reduce your risk for injury and help you become more limber, regardless of your age and physical condition.

Stretches for the lower legs

Stretching can keep your lower legs limber and your joints pain free. The following stretches involve the ankles and knee joints.

 

 

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