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Before Stretching Simple stretches should be a regular part of kids' physical activity routine. Before or after a sports practice or a long bike ride, before bed, or anytime your child's muscles feel tense or tight, encourage them to try some easy stretches. They should stretch when muscles are warmed up. So if they haven't just been exercising, they need to do a short warm- up, such as dancing or walking or jogging in place. The following stretches for kids do not have to be done in this order. But generally, it is a good idea to stretch the spine first and then move from the upper to the lower body. Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds at the point of tension or tightness—not pain—and repeat a few times (switching legs and arms as needed). Do not bounce in the stretch, and don't forget to breathe. If your child has an injury or is training for a specific sport, consult a physical therapist or athletic trainer to determine the safest and most effective ways to stretch. Simple Stretches for your kids Simple Stretches for your kids Page 20 | Abby's Magazine -

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