Six tips for safe stretches

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Here are six great tips for when you are stretching. These can help protect your joints and muscles whilst ensuring flexibility gains.
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  1. Warm up first – Much like taffy, muscles stretch more easily when warm. You can begin by marching in place with arms swinging for five minutes or dancing to a few songs. Moist heat packs or a warm shower are effective first steps, too.
  2. Feel no pain – Stretch only to the point of mild tension, never to the point of pain. If a stretch hurts, stop immediately! Reset your position carefully after checking the instructions, then try again.
  3. Pay attention to posture and good form – Posture counts whether you’re sitting, standing, or moving. Good form translates to better gains in flexibility and less likelihood of injury when stretching tight muscles.
  4. Focus on the muscle being stretched – You’ll notice that one side of your body often is tighter than the other. Work on balancing this over time.
  5. Breathe comfortably while stretching, or use yoga breathing.
  6. Practice often – You’ll make the best gains if you stretch frequently—daily, or on as many days of the week as possible. At the very least, aim to do stretches two or three times a week.

Tips taken from Harvard Medical 101 Health Tips