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How do I begin stretching?

You can begin stretching at anytime; you do not need to achieve a certain fitness level to start. You can begin by stretching in the morning or the evening. Most research studies on static stretching have shown a frequency of five days per week using 1-4 repetitions for the duration of 15-30 seconds to be most beneficial for the apparently healthy population between the ages of 15 and 45 years of age.  Though, there is a range in time, 20- to 30-seconds of stretch duration may in fact produce more reliable, and possibly quicker, results.  In a population of clients equal to or greater than 65 years of age, it has been shown that longer durations of 60 seconds may produce better and longer lasting results.  

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.