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The Importance of Stretching Your Hamstrings, IT Band, and Ankles

Stretching

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  • Stretching helps improve range of motion and mobility. It also boosts blood flow and oxygenation of tissues; helps deliver nutrients to your muscles, and facilitates removal of metabolic waste
  • As a general rule, warm up first, then stretch. Stretching is particularly important prior to high-intensity sprinting exercises, but is best avoided prior to weight training
  • Stretching your IT band and ankles is important for preventing knee pain and mobility problems. Sample stretching exercises for both areas are included

By Dr. Mercola

One of the greatest joys of life is to not only be healthy, but also pain-free with unrestricted range of motion. Being able to move around with ease is a factor that plays a major role in your quality of life.


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