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How often should I do flexibility exercises?

You should engage in at least two to three sessions per week of balance and flexibility exercises, for a total of at least 60 minutes. Add these workouts to your cardio and strength-training sessions. Although there is no evidence that stretching before activities prevents injury, stretching before or afterward as part of a five- to 10-minute warm-up and cool-down does have health benefits.

Stretching should be performed a minimum of three days a week for 5-10 minutes at a time. For maximum effectiveness you can stretch 5-7 days per week. Perform 1-2 sets per muscle group. Focus on muscles that are particularly tight. Muscles that are most often tight include the calves, hamstrings, hip flexors, latissimus dorsi (large back muscle) and chest.

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