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How should I do static stretching?

Static stretching requires you to hold a muscle in a lengthened position for thirty seconds. You should move slowly into a stretch, stopping at the point where you feel tension. If the stretch hurts, ease off and reduce the length of the stretch. After thirty seconds, the tension in the muscle being stretched should reduce, allowing for a greater range of motion in the muscle. This is a traditional form of flexibility used by many exercisers. Remember, while everyone needs a good stretch, not everyone should stretch the same muscles!

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