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Ask The Expert: How Vital is Stretching?

Q: How vital is stretching before/after a workout and what can it help with?
A: Dynamic stretching (a moving stretch) is a great way to begin a workout; it helps loosen up muscles and joints prior to strenuous exercise—prepping the body for a warmup. Static stretching at the end of a workout tells the body it's time to settle down and relax. Holding a stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds helps improve flexibility, decrease chances of injury, burn more calories, and reduce soreness. If you’re looking for more of a recovery stretch program, holding postures for 3-5 minutes (yin yoga) is highly recommended.

—Jamie Ellsworth, General Manager & Coach
FIIT Nation El Dorado Hills, 8200 Saratoga Way, Suite 140, El Dorado Hills, 916-542-1475,

by Bella Nolen