Can't touch your toes? Have you done so much weight lifting that you can't scratch your back without those massive biceps getting in the way? Are your legs tied up in knots after running or doing some other intense aerobic workout? The antidote is no mystery: it's called stretching. On this tape, Dr. Catherine Maloof (a chiropractor, so she ought to know what she's talking about) promises that a regular stretching regimen will improve spinal strength and posture, prevent back injuries, increase flexibility, and more. And she offers nearly 20 ways to accomplish all that. Some of the movements, like simple knee-to-chest stretches, spinal twists, and hip and inner-thigh movements, can be done before you get out of bed in the morning. Others, like forward bends, lateral stretches, shoulder openers, lunges, and backbends, will be familiar to anyone who does yoga on a regular basis. But this is not a yoga practice per se, nor is it an exercise program--instead, it's something that could be used before and after some other, more vigorous activity. Maloof does a good job of explaining the purpose of each stretch and the muscles affected; her concentration on the back, constant reminders to breathe, and emphasis on daily stretching are useful. If there's one drawback, it's that her frequent words of encouragement--"You're doin' great!" or "Keep going!"--are delivered in a tone more suited to an episode of Romper Room. But if that's what it takes to get you stretching, so be it, because it doesn't diminish the value of the information and movements presented. --Sam GrahamFrom the Contributor:
Stretching increases your body's range of motion and improves circulation. By following Dr. Maloof's personal program, you will quickly realize the improved flexibility, mobility, renewed energy and vitality that follow only a few minutes of stretching a day.
"Stretching Made Easy One Day At A Time" is great for those just starting out in an exercise program and also for the most accomplished athlete. Stretching is great for any age level and makes you feel so good.
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