By Lexie Williamson

The Stretching Bible can assist somebody achieve mobility, enhance carrying functionality, and forestall universal muscular accidents. A hugely sensible identify, it sincerely explains the technological know-how, advantages and 'dos and don'ts' of stretching via a number stretches classified via physique half (quads, calves), task (working on the workplace, emerging within the morning), activity (rowing, tennis) or damage (hamstring pressure, tennis elbow).

This e-book is illustrated with uncomplicated diagrams firstly of every 'body half' bankruptcy to pinpoint the positioning of the muscular tissues to be stretched, and comprises real-life case reports from athletes within the sport-specific part to give an explanation for how stretching has more desirable their functionality or decreased damage and professional reviews on stretching from physiotherapists, medical professionals and coaches.

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If you are already experiencing symptoms of RSI, see your doctor or physiotherapist first as some stretches can do more harm than good. But if you spend large amounts of time at a keyboard, the stretches in this chapter are a good preventative measure to avoid suffering with what can be a frustrating condition. Try The Prayer Stretch series once or twice a day. Setting up your workplace correctly, strengthening exercises and taking regular breaks from the keyboard are also recommended steps to take.

In the last few years of bringing sport-specific yoga to athletes as a Yoga Sports Coach™, I’ve witnessed a tenfold increase in interest within the sports community in what we call ‘flexibility training’. The emphasis for athletes is not on replicating pretzel positions (although advanced stretches are here for those wishing to go deeper), but on simple, functional techniques to improve performance and reduce post-exercise muscle soreness. Of course, the global rise in popularity of yoga and Pilates demonstrates that many people also want to stretch simply because it feels good.

Possibly the biggest side effect of prolonged sitting is lower back pain and discomfort. Simple stretches will maintain comfort levels throughout the day and lessen the effect of sedentary work. Many are so simple and subtle that co-workers won’t even notice that you are stretching. See The Desk Worker sequence. To maintain mobility in old age Our range of motion can (but doesn’t have to) lessen gradually over the years, and these physiological changes, combined with a reduction in activity, result in stiffer joints, but a good level of flexibility can be maintained with a regular stretching routine.

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