Stretching is a neglected art, which for most of us is probably trapped somewhere back in our third grade memory.  The very reason why you’re not stretching might because you don’t know how. Before you get ready to sweat it out, your muscles have to be prepared.

Women’s Health has an excellent cheat sheet with exactly how to do the three basic stretching techniques with 12 specific moves to master–study up and get the most out of your workout!

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The 3 stretches you’ll learn:

Dynamic: Uses speed of movement, momentum and active muscular effort to bring about a stretch. Do it before your workout and right after a light cardio workout. This jump starts your workout and prevents you from dragging along.

Static: Stretching your muscle as far as you can without any pain. It should be performed before a rigorous exercise. The point is to gradually increase stretching ability and lengthen muscles. Stretches should be changed according to flexibility.

Myofascial:This one works like a massage. You apply pressure to the tension points in each muscle. You can do this one anytime.

Source: Women’s Health

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