Stretching is a pleasant ritual for many people, myself included. For many others, athletes and couch potatoes alike, stretching is also a bit of a drag: a duty that weighs on the conscience, one more thing to make time for. And yet they still do it, counting on the benefits. Can all these people be barking up the wrong tree?
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Last Updated: November 17, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Monica Morris. With over 15 years of fitness training experience, Monica started her own physical training practice and gained her ACE Certification in Her workouts emphasize proper warm-ups, cool-downs, and stretching techniques.
As promised in the " Get Back on the Fitness Horse " article, the following stretching plan will assist you with starting an exercise program safely and without as much soreness. Increasing one's flexibility should be your first goal before starting a fitness program. In fact, if you are thinking about beginning a fitness program and you have been idle for many years, you should stretch for an entire week prior to starting running, lifting weights, or doing any calisthenics. It is okay to walk to warm up however.