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Stretching improves appearance and mental, physical health

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 4:13pm

Our body is made up of over hundreds of muscles. As we age these ligaments and tendons can become tight. In order to prevent injury, experts say it's good to stretch them out.

Stretching is important to not only improve your athleticism and your daily well-being, but also in giving you freedom of movement.

Craig Ramsay is a ballet dancer, fitness guru and author of Anatomy of Stretching. He says stretching muscles daily can improve your flexibility and coordination, sharpen focus, relieve stress, and help you deal with certain conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Stretching can even help you look younger: "When we contract a muscle and stretch the muscle, it gets stronger, and when we make a muscle stronger, it gets tighter."

Ramsay says the best way to stay limber is to do a routine of stretching every day, but he warns that you need to make sure you're stretching correctly to avoid injuring yourself. So it's important to look for a good stretching guide or talk to a professional trainer who can help you develop a routine of correct stretching moves.
One of the purposes of having a stretching program is to identify unevenness and tightness in the body, which could be holding back your fitness program, or even your whole life.

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