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How long should I hold each stretch?

This depends on the type of stretch you are performing. For static stretches, hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds. Once you have held the stretch for around 7 seconds, try to relax a little deeper into the stretch without causing strain. For active stretches, you hold the stretch for 5-10 seconds each.

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