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Fitastic October 8, 2013

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If you’re into bodybuilding and fitness, you probably know a lot about stretching. You’ve likely learned that regular stretching increases flexibility, helps to decrease injury risk and can significantly enhance fitness. You probably also know that the best time to stretch is before but immediately after workouts as well, as this has been shown to better enhance flexibility. But even though you know all these things are important, there still probably not enough to get you stretching on a regular basis.

After all, when we are short on time (which is most days for most of us),we let the seemingly less important things slip such 6417342-great-feat-of-strengthas stretching. New science from multiple Universities however, could change the way you look at stretching. Researchers actually found that a program of regular stretching can significantly increase muscle strength. The study showed that a consistent stretching program in the absence of any strength training can significantly increase muscle strength on its own, suggesting that consistent stretching can help further increase your strength. Just be sure to stretch after workouts. Choose at least one stretch for each major muscle group and hold each stretch for 15 to 20 seconds. Stretch at least three times a week for optimal results.

 


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