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Static Stretching: How This Common Type of Stretching Can Damage Your Muscles and Tendons

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  • Conventionally recommended static stretches that you hold for 60 seconds may actually damage your tissues
  • Active isolated stretching (AIS), which involves specific stretches held for only 2 seconds with gentle pressure, can help you rehab from injuries and increase range of motion and flexibility
  • AIS works with the primary laws of your body, allowing elongation of muscle and fascial tissue without eliciting your body’s protective mechanisms that would inhibit safe, effective stretching and overall flexibility
  • To get the full benefits that exercise provides, incorporate not only high-intensity Peak Fitness and strength training but also proper stretching

By Dr. Mercola

I have long stated that if you want to achieve high-level health it will be impossible to do it without exercise. Exercise can be one of the most powerful drugs you ever use; in fact, if it were a pill it would be priceless.


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