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What determines how long I should be holding a stretch?

According to research, stretches used to increase joint range of motion, such as static stretches, should be held for roughly 30 seconds or more. This gives the muscles enough time to relax and elongate. If you're over 65 years of age, research has shown stretches that are held for 60 seconds are most beneficial for improved range of motion and flexibility.

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