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Updated 14 September 2016

The 12 best stretches

Follow a stretching routine to maximise the benefits of training and to minimise muscle stiffness and risk of injuries.

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Follow a stretching routine to maximise the benefits of training and to minimise muscle stiffness and risk of injuries:

- Stretch after your exercise routine as part of your cooling-down routine.

- When you stretch, ease your body into position, until you feel a mild pull on your muscles, tendons and ligaments.

- A stretch should not hurt.

- Hold a stretch for 30 seconds or more. Wait 15 to 30 seconds before you stretch the next group of muscles.

- Breathe deeply while you stretch to help your body move oxygen-rich blood to those sore muscles.

- Don't bounce, and don't force yourself into an uncomfortable position

 
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