Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle (or muscle group) is deliberately stretched.

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Stretches to help recovery after weight lifting

I've read that stretching after a session of weight lifting can help with recovery time. Is this true? It seems counter-intuitive to me as any real weight lifting session will result in micro-tears ...
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How long does “warm-up” last?

We all know you shouldn't stretch cold, but for how long after a moderate workout does your warm-up last? Can you have good stretches more than a few hours after exercise (without having to warm up ...
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What exercises could help me to gain elasticity?

I have never been very flexible and I would like to improve it. I have started training around two weeks ago doing some easy stretching exercises that I was taught at high school. I've been training ...
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What's the scientific name of the “cracking” sounds when someone stretches or gets hard massage on the back muscles?

It is common for people to purposely stretch or twist their own back, so that some muscles/tendons/joints produce somewhat loud sounds similar to "cracking" or "snapping" or "clicking". Similar ...
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Cat -Cow Stretch

I am trying to do the Cat-Cow Stretch and don't seem to know how to use those muscles. I got a physio routine from a doctor to help heal some inner-spinal muscles, which included among other similar ...
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Why does my waist hurt during pullups?

I have started doing pullups again(after a year or 2), past 2 years I had been doing other sports such as dancing, running, pushups so I am kindof in shape. But my waist(as can be seen from the ...
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Does cycling tighten hamstrings?

I've always been unable to touch my toes. This is becoming increasingly problematic for my yoga. Of course focusing on stretching my hamstrings helps and I'm making progress but I'm concerned that my ...
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What are some stretching exercises for golf?

I have heard of stretching your hip flexors and shoulders. Simply googling is leaving me with a bad taste on explanation on which stretching exercises to do, and especially on detail information on ...
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Is it necessary to stretch legs after jogging if I walk before and after?

so I'm asking this because I'm out jogging every other day on a hill near my house, but to get to the hill I walk about 30 minutes and I try to walk fast (to go home I walk another 30 minutes), so I ...
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Where can I get instructions for a daily stretching routine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Daily stretch routine to increase flexibilty and overall fitness? I run to keep fit, but a combination of poor warm up/down routines and hours at a desk every day have lead ...
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Stretch for Squats muscles

I'm not a professional athlete or anything, but I swim about 1,5 miles and run 5-8 miles everyday. I can't afford a trainer and don't have time for gym (except on weekends...). For a couple of days I'...
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What to do first, stretching or walking?

Should you do stretching before walking or walking and stretching? What do you mean by warming up? How do you warm up?
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Exercises to recover from mild pain around the 3rd lumbar vertebrae?

I am sitting a lot in the front of the computer, sometimes in not the very best position, mostly seated at the desk but also at home with the laptop not sited on the chair. Sometimes I have a mild ...
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When I stretch my hamstrings, what is the feeling behind my knee?

When I stretch my hamstrings, I get an acute pain right behind my knee, what exactly is that pain? Is it ligaments? Is it my gastrocnemius?
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Efficacy of stretch exercises

I am a 6'2 (33 yr old male), weighing at 233 lbs. I have the following ailments: Vitiligo - Due to which doctors advised me not to do any heavy lifting or weights or dumb bells as heavy stretching ...
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touching toes without bending knees exercises

i've never been able to touch my toes without bending my knees. from the research that i've done, i believe that improved flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back is the best way to reach this ...
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Should I stretch before exercising?

Should stretching be done before exercise? Does the type of exercise (running, weight training, swimming) affect the answer?
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What lower back muscle or tendon is located near the inside of the iliac crest and helps rotate the femur?

I can feel twin bumps on either side of my lower spine which I believe are protrusions from the iliac crest -- approximately where the erector spinae appear to originate. I can generate pain in this ...
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What muscle am I stretching when I pull my chin back and tilt my head to the side

For a long time I've suffered from back pain, neck pain and pain around the eye--all on the right side. Just recently I found out that I can make the facial pain immediately disappear (during the ...
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How do I stretch the shin muscles?

I have read an answer here suggesting that two muscles be stretched to avoid shin tightening. I don't know how that works. How do I correctly stretch these muscles to avoid shin tightening?
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Help understand chronic tightness behind knees

I work at a desk 10 hours per day. I'm also 45 years old. Not suprisingly, the backs if my legs are chronically tight. What seems unusual is that when exercising or stretching I always feel the ...
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Could someone explain this psoas stretch?

Without an image to accompany it, I don't really know how to perform this psoas stretch Stand up straight, and move one foot about 10 inches behind the other. Bend both your front and back knees, ...
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Do muscles discriminate against the type of micro-tear?

Weightlifting creates micro-tears in the muscles. When these micro-tears repair, the muscle grows back bigger. Does this same principle apply to tears caused by other means? For example, if you create ...
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Quarterback training?

I am not sure it this is the right site,but can anyone tell me some exercises without weights,like stretches,to train my hand and arm so i can be a good quarterback. Thanks
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Increasing ankle (dorsiflexion) mobility

I have my own method for this and I'd like either confirmation that it's an acceptable solution or a reason why it's not and better alternatives. The reason I'm framing the question like this is ...
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Is it common to have one sore hangstring / IT band?

I've been running for years and only my left IT band has been sore lately. No recent injuries (rolled my last ankle something good 7 months ago) and haven't added any additional mileage lately. I ...
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Hip popping on Ab Ripper X workout

There are a few exercises in the Ab Ripper X workout that cause a pop in my hip on each rep: In & Out - on extending/straightening Fifer Scissor - on switching legs Are there stretches or ...
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What is the reason my pain and exhaustion are not improving? [closed]

I'm having a physical problem for about 4 years by now that's really making walking or just standing insufferable (even for a few seconds). I can't do any fitness and it really messes my physical ...
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Pelvis position when doing leg front stretching and free flow of blood in the vessels

Following the advise of physiotherapist to work towards front split, because I almost cannot raise my legs after sitting 24h behind the desk, I recently started to stretch and for the first weeks felt ...
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Safe use of minitramp to develop hip and lower leg/for mobility in older deconditioned subjects

I've read high praise for this activity, and tried it a little bit in a gym. Not many people seem to do it. A good minitramp is very expense. Is it worthwhile to acquire one? How can it be used safely ...
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Is it necessary to stretch arms after jogging?

The title says it all, a friend told me that after jogging is necessary to stretch arms and legs, But is this true?, I don't find that the muscles of the arms work enough to need stretching.
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Exercises for stiffened shoulder?

I kayaked last week and found out that I can't do a normal stroke on the left side. Exercising on dry land showed that I have some stiffness and pain when I do the paddling movement, which includes ...
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How to improve baby finger's extension and flexion? How to relax it? How to stretch it?

My baby finger has not become relaxed enough due to wrong technique in tennis, too much stress on it and more here. The only moment I can feel the toughness is when I am totally relaxed like after ...
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Holding weights on bench press flyes

After my regular 4 sets of flyes, I do one more set with heavy weight stretching my pectorals as long as I can just like the image attached, Stretching can last 10 to 15 seconds depending upon the ...
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Can aerobics make you grow taller?

I am 15 and will turn 16 in two months. I am 5'2" and I'm much shorter than all of the relatives. However everyone on my paternal side is about my height or shorter. My mum is 5'4" and my Dad is 5'7". ...
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How can I loosen stiff piriformis and iliopsoas using a myofascial release technique without dry needling?

Due to flat feet and leg length asymmetry I have , my right piriformis and iliopsoas is almost always stiff. I discovered this issue at an age of 29 and the issue is being solved by foot insoles which ...
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What can I do to alleviate hip/groin pain on the upstroke?

I used to be able to ride my bike for miles and do spin classes with no problems. I stopped when I started working a graveyard shift. It entailed sitting for hours on end. I did this for a few years. ...
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Improvements to Curved Back while sitting on Heels and trying to get Back aligned with floor?

You sit on top of heels. You try to get back to the floor straight while bending backwards. A picture is here. The ideal position has the lumbar spine almost touching the floor, specifically the ...
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Would short Achilles tendons keep you from touching your toes?

I am 69 and I do stretching exercises such as touching my toes. Today I discovered that my nine year old granddaughter, who suffers with short achilles tendons, also can not bend over ... barely at ...
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Stretch glute without injuring knee

I have tight glutes and have been stretching using several poses, mainly pretzel and figure 4. However I have been getting pain in the outside of my knees doing these stretches. How can I stretch my ...
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Do you need streching after bodyweight workouts?

Following a couple of stellar reviews, I decided to end a period of indecisiveness, got myself You Are Your Own Gym, read through the explainy part and started the Basic Program. I wonder why YAYOG ...
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Whats the difference between stretching and massaging muscles?

In terms of fitness, what are the differences between massaging and stretching? Do they have different roles in muscle recovery?
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Abdominal Apron variance 3“ at base on left while 1.5” on the right. Exercise Regimen to equalize [duplicate]

I am diabetic with surgical repair of both shoulders total replacement and 2nd right toe amputation with right great toe partial amputation. I have had neck surgery C-6,7 ACDF and have lower lumbar ...
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how can i give a proper shape or growth to my body [duplicate]

Height6'1" weight 56kg age 18and 1/2 i am too skiny in relate of my age i want to gain weight and want to make muscles but don't know how can you please tell me the proper diet or nutrients to do that ...
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Internal left knee pain causing muscles imbalance

I have been doing Tae Bo workout for about one year while having internal left knee injury. Actually,It is not so painful when doing squats or kicks, but I feel the pain when I do leg launches ...
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can i increase my height when i am 18? [duplicate]

Sir i am 18 yr old male, i wanna get taller, presently i am 5'8 inches (172 cms) can i get taller at least 5'11 (180 cms) or 6 foot please Most of my friends are 6 foot and i am the short one even ...
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Muscle spasm/contraction

Recently I have started a program to strengthen(and learning to activate) specific muscles relating to overpronation(abductor hallucis, flexor digitorum brevis etc.). After a few weeks I'm now able ...
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Improving breathing in a deeply bent leg situation (diaphragm compression?)

I don't know if this is something idiosyncratic or just something that everyone deals with, but I have a difficult time breathing when my diaphragm is compressed, such as when I'm crouching (which ...