How to Increase Flexibility

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Every day stretching routines bring nutrients to the joints and prevent injuries during physical activities. Prepare muscles for a workout with these stretching exercise techniques from an experienced personal trainer in this free video on health and fitness.

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Your flexibility is mostly determine by your genetic factors. To increase flexibility it's important to stretch on a daily basis. The time to stretch, well, mostly after you workout when your muscles are warm, oxygenated and pliable and ready to stretch. Many of us ignore stretching and think, "oh, I'll do that later". It's very important that whatever you strengthen in your muscle groups should be stretch. Stretching helps bring nutrition to the joint and helps to prevent risk of injury later on. Some typically tight areas to stretch would be the trapezius muscles, the chest, the hamstrings, the quadriceps, all those major muscle groups that you use during your workout really need some good stretching. How long do you stretch? Each muscle group should be stretch for about ten to thirty seconds. You should breath properly through your stretching, never holding your breath and go to the point where you feel an intense, feel the intensity of the stretch but never pain. So again stretching the hamstrings, which are the back of the thighs, the quadriceps, the calf muscles, the back, the chest, the shoulders, all of those places that typically feel tight. This is Alice Monsaert encouraging you to get up, get active and include flexibility in your daily program.

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