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What warm-up stretches should teens do before exercising?

A total body warm up period of 5 to 10 minutes is preferred prior to exercising, and can take the place of stretching. Static stretching before excising would be appropriate to correct any body posture or joint dysfunction, but do the total body warm-up first. A total body warm up can increase your body elasticity by 20%. A better indication to know when you're properly warmed up and ready for stretching or/and exercising, is when you notice sweat/moisture appearing on your forehead, back of hands, or under the nose. 

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