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Health Tip: Stretch Before and After Exercise

But do it gently
(HealthDay News) -- Proper stretching can help reduce the risk of injury and improve your workouts.
The Women's Heart Foundation offers these suggestions for proper stretching:
Gently and slowly stretch for at least five to seven minutes before aerobic exercise. Make sure your stretching motions are relaxed and slow. Never bounce when stretching, which can cause you to pull a muscle. Don't push too hard; stretch until you feel mild tension in the muscle but never to the point of pain. Without bouncing, hold each stretch for at least 15 seconds while breathing naturally. Take a break and repeat. Perform cool-down stretches for at least five to seven minutes after aerobic exercise.
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