How Much Stretching Should I Do

Ok, you’ve been doing your stretch exercises for a while now, but exactly how much stretching should you do? How long should you stretch, and how many exercises should you do?

How much stretching should you do?

How much you stretch depends on your activity level. The general advice is to do each stretch exercise 3 to 5 times (reps) at each session (sets). Slowly stretch into the desired position, as far as possible without pain, and hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds. Relax, breathe, then repeat, trying to stretch farther.

Try to improve your stretching exercises. For example, as you become more flexible, try reaching a little bit farther or a little bit longer. Do not stretch so far that it hurts or more than a minute or two. And always be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine. Especially if you haven’t exercised for a while or are on medication. Your doctor will know what exercises are right for you.

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