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Basic Stretches Improve Flexibility

Updated on December 6, 2011


Sports and exercise injuries often occur because the individual did not take the time to properly perform a few basic stretching exercises before starting. Stretching is very important to the professional athlete to the average person who only exercises a few times per week. So, why is stretching so important? Well, stretching helps loosen up the muscles, tendons, and joints in the body. It prepares the joints to go through a full range of motion without placing undue pressure on the joints that might lead to pain and even injury.

People who do not exercise on a regular basis find that they are not very flexible. The fact is that regular stretching should remedy this problem. Greater flexibility leads to the ability to put the body through a full range of exercise motions without stressing out the body. Remember to see a doctor for complete checkup before starting any exercise program and always perform a few basic stretches before any exercise or sports activity.

Stretching Tips

  1. Stretch before each exercise session.
  2. Hold your stretches for about 30 seconds.
  3. Increase the time the stretch is held to increase flexibility.
  4. Pay attention to how your body feels while stretching.
  5. If the area stretched feels tight hold the stretch longer to increase flexibility.
  6. Always perform the stretches slowly while breathing normally.

Basic Beginner Stretch Routine

Upper Body

Stand tall, body relaxed. Stretch your arms above the head with hands clasped together. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Next, stand and clasp hands together behind the back. Raise arms to rear holding for 30 seconds.

Lower Body

Get on the floor and relax on your back. Bend knees and draw toward your chest. Hold position for 30 seconds.

Kneel forward on floor. Arms should be overhead, press palms to floor and hold the stretch for 30 seconds.

Relax back on the floor. Your back should press against the floor and hands are stretched out above the head. Point toes while stretching out legs. Hold the position for 30 seconds.

Add more stretches once you are able to go through these stretches easily without any problems.


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    • ptmastery profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      Interesting article. This can make your body healthy everyday. You can use this if your a Personal Trainer Business minded.

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      Liam Hallam 

      7 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Great title- Not enough content. I want to see more pictures, photos and details regarding basic stretches.


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