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Stretch Daily In Hot Shower.

Stretching need only be performed once a day in the hot shower.
The heat of the water warms the muscles, so they have greater elasticity.
Static stretching can also be performed immediately after vigorous cardiovascular exercise
as part of the cool down.
Usually, the second time your range of motion is better.
Should you stretch first, and then warm up? The old theory was to stretch first, and then warm up. WRONG! Always stretch a warm muscle. That is why I always stretch in the hot shower. I let the hot water warm the muscle group before I stretch it. If you don’t have immediate access to a hot shower, or bath, then take at least five minutes to gradually warm up first. This will slowly elevate your core body temperature, and help prevent injuries. Should you keep stretching through the pain? No, when you stretch a muscle, go to a point where you feel mild tension, and not pain. When you feel pain, your body is giving you a signal that you went too far (or over stretched.) Be carefu…