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Passive work out?

Your problem A passive way of working out sounds like a paradox. If you want to become stronger, you need to exert your muscles. And exertion of the muscles is an "activity", which is an antonym to "...
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Passive work out?

Assuming you have no physical limitations, your problem seems to be a lack of motivation. Rather than doing things you don’t like, you should find an activity that can keep your interest for a ...
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Stretching for weightlifting

Stretching is not beneficial to weightlifting or strength training, unless a lack of flexibility prevents you from performing an exercise. E.g. If your shoulders are so inflexible that you can't hold ...
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Types of stretching

Basically there are four types of stretching: Static: you hold a position, not really bouncing around on it. This is what most athletic stretching tends to be since it's the easiest, doesn't require ...
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Is stretching after bodybuilding workout advised?

Both perspectives seem off in one way or another. Your experience alone shows that stretching isn't harmful when done right, but what exactly is right? Let's tackle your two perspectives first, then ...
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What is the difference between yoga and stretching?

There are branches of yoga with focus on different things. If we're going with the static, more relaxed yoga poses (see: yin yoga), then we're doing a lot of seated and laid down stretching. Breath ...
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I can't touch my butt with my heel

These are two exercises I like for this purpose: Toddler Squat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc3V3f45nOI I have people hold that position for 30-60 seconds, for either three sets, or have them ...
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Flexibility training - short & intense vs. long & light

First, a correction of a misconception. You don't stretch ligaments. Ligaments connect bone to bone, and if they stretch out, they don't go back to their original shape. This makes joints loose and ...
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Can I use hip adductor machine to stretch legs for splits?

You're using a machine for partner stretches. This isn't a bad thing; but, you need to be careful. When you say, "Ah! Too far!" a person will stop. The machine only listens to its mechanics and ...
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What would happen if an adult was forced into a right split?

I'm not aware of any testing being done, and there is no guarantee that it would produce injuries, but it certainly could produce injuries. Some possible examples are: Torn/strained muscles Torn ...
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Benefits of stretching if you don't care about flexibility

Research is mixed regarding the importance stretching after exercise. Adaptive shortening of muscles however will cause a problem. Re-Thinking Movement Your body moves as a unit in patterns not as ...
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I can't figure out which muscle is weakest/tight

I'd highly recommend seeing a local Physical Therapist. A full evaluation is required to properly diagnosis and plan a corrective exercise regimen based on your unique situation. I've included ...
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Which stretches should one do every day to reverse efects of sitting at work?

In my opinion, stretching is not enough and should be accompanied by strengthening of the muscles that get long and weak while staying in bad posture for long periods of time. Doing a ton of rowing, ...
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Stretching full body after upper body workout?

what would be quite nice So do it then? I'm confused on what's stopping you here, this is completely your choice you either stretch or you don't. Whatever you feel benefits you more: 1) Stretching + ...
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Starting to Run in Threadmill

From my personal experience, I can say that stretching is required neither before nor after the treadmill running workouts, unless you are planning to sprint at high speeds there, which I do not ...
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Does this exercise stretch hip flexors?

Generally, stretching is accomplished by elongating muscle fibers (technical summary). In the kneeling hip flexor stretch, we stretch the hip flexors of the leg with the knee on the ground. In the ...
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I can't raise my legs much while lying on my back

You're not strong enough to lift your legs any higher than that. Raising your legs while lying supine requires strength in the abdominals and hip flexors. I am suspecting it might be caused by ...
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Can we do Dynamic/Static stretch on Rest Days

Short answer would be that light work (walking / light jog, other low intensity work) and stretching on your "rest" days will help your recover from intense workouts. You should actually look for ways ...
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Passive work out?

As the others have indicated, the best return on exercise involves concerted effort, pushing yourself to the limit. That said, casual exercise can also be worthwhile, at least for the purpose of ...
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Strengthening and conditioning to improve flips

Phone the gymnastics clubs and see if they have adult programs. They will help you with progressions -- breaking it down into steps. They have foam pits for your first attempts so if you land on ...
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Stretching muscles while they are engaged

Engaging a muscle will increase the stretch on the tendon and decrease the stretch on the muscle. PNF and other techniques alternate between contracting and relaxing a muscle to overcome the "stretch ...
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Stretches/exercises to sit cross legged

I'm on the heavier side myself, and so sitting crossed legged was a challenge, especially when I wanted to go to the temple or have a festive meal where the plate would be on the floor, can't be ...
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What muscle am I stretching when I pull my chin back and tilt my head to the side

It's a little hard to tell, but since you have ruled out the scalene, trapezius and levator scapulae, my first suspects would be the sternocleidomastoid, or possibly (if it is towards the front of the ...
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In need of calf stretch ideas for someone with minimal use of legs?

There's a good calf stretch you can do in sitting - loop a rope or towel around the ball of one foot, pull on the rope-towel to raise your leg until it's as straight as possible, and then pull as hard ...
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Can stretching add symmetry to the abs or make legs slimmer and reduce muscle pain after workouts?

While stretching does have some benefits, it does not appear to affect symmetry. Abdominals tend to be a somewhat difficult muscle group to develop for most people. Part of the reason is that abs ...
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Which pose/stretch is this?

I'm mainly familiar with this exercise with the other arm reaching up to reach the arm going down. My stretching program with GMB calls it "Shoulder Combined Motions". When I was a child, checking out ...
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Lower back rounding

In general, muscles should take more load than connective tissues. Even big strong ligaments and tendons (like the Achilles) do not have the absorption and range of the calf muscle they're connected ...
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What is the difference between static stretching vs strengthening the antagonistic muscle?

The why of stretching is very much dependent on your personal physiology and the sport you are doing. With a few exceptions, you don't really need to stretch much past normal range of motion. There is ...
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What are the common causes for asymmetrical hips during the figure-four stretch?

The issue seems to be that you've got varied flexibility between the two sides of your hips. I'm not certain if one is more flexible than the other or if one is more inflexible than the other but it ...
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