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Do you stretch following a workout? If you don't, be forewarned that stretching is o en considered paramount for the pain reduc on/muscle recovery process. Yet so many of us either rush through it or don't do it at all. Stretching promote fresh blood circula on to counteract your workout by aiding flexibility and loosening up any kno ed, pain-ridden muscles. So be sure to stretch and when you do, avoid these six common stretching mistakes… 1. Avoiding Under-Stretched Areas When you stretch, where do you start? The neck the shoulders, the biceps/triceps? Chances are a er a run or a leg workout, it's your hips and hamstrings that are screaming for a good stretch. However, these are two under-stretched areas that many shy away from. Most of us ignore muscles that are chronically ght… for instance, "hamstring ghtness behind the knee… and straightening your legs in a stretch o en can help alleviate the tension," explains Dr. Mary Jayne Johnson, Exercise Physiologist, fitness and wellness expert for Shape and SELF magazines, and founder of Profound Wellness. 2. Static Stretching Before a Workout While we've o en heard that we should always stretch before our workouts to warm up and decrease chances of injury, The 6 Biggest Stretching Mistakes Abby's Magazine - Volume 5 Issue 3 | Page 23

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