The Stretches

Don't flex in vain

Jul 8, 2008
Outside Magazine
Fitness: Twelve Weeks to a Better You

   Photo: Photograph by Mike McGregor

Don't Flex in Vain
We've all seen the research suggesting that stretching before exercise doesn't prevent injury and may actually promote it. So why bother stretching at all? Because done correctly—after exercising or at least after a warm-up run—it increases stride, improves muscle elasticity, and, yes, reduces the risk of injury. Try to do it daily. But if you stretch cold, you're on your own. Approximate time: 10 minutes.

10 reps for each leg:
Straight-Leg Hamstring
Bent-Knee Hamstring
Straight-Leg Groin
Quad Stretch
Standing Calf

Filed To: Triathlons, Flexibility

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