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Should I stretch before or after my warm-up?

Stretching prior to your cardiorespiratory warm-up is recommended especially if most of your day is spent in a seated position. Based on your daily activities and movement patterns, certain muscles can become tight and will benefit from being stretched prior to your workout. By incorporating static stretches (stretches you hold for 30 seconds), you will not only feel more "loose" during your warm-up, but also help reduce the rate of injury and muscular breakdown.

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