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Stretches

5 Stress-Busting Shoulder Stretches

David Magone | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
David Magone

If you've been stuck behind a desk all day, odds are good that your shoulders feel tight. Sitting in a static position for hours at a time often creates extra tension in your chest and back muscles, which can in turn lead to slouched posture and aching shoulders. The next time you feel tension beginning to build, try these five gravity-assisted stretches to relieve the discomfort.

Key Stretches for Runners

Pamela Kokoros | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Pamela Kokoros

My favorite running accessory is my bright orange therapeutic foam roller. I lean on top of it and roll out my shins, thighs, and calves. It hurts a lot to roll them out, but it helps immensely with injury prevention in the long run, and it feels great afterwards.

Best Full-Body Stretch Before You Work Out

BuiltLean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
BuiltLean

There is no best stretch for everyone, but the following stretch is particularly effective. Ideally, this dynamic stretch will be one of a handful you go through as part of your warm up routine.

Do You Stretch Before Or After A Work-Out? From Simone De La Rue (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

Everyone wonders whether you're supposed to stretch before or after a workout -- or both! Celebrity fitness trainer Simone De La Rue cleared up our do...

The San Francisco 49ers Stretch -- Should You?

Estelle Underwood | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Estelle Underwood

As a trainer devoted to regular stretching during workouts, I was thrilled to read that the 49ers' workout format is similar to the workout format I use with my clients. In both scenarios, no one begins lifting weights until they have done a cardio warm up to get blood flow to the muscles.

Degas Dancer: An Easy and Effective Open-Hearted Pose

Tara Fass | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Fass

This one I like to do in the office in between patients to clear my head and heart. Hardly a day goes by when I don't look for and do this posture at some point to lift my spirits and switch up my proverbial energy.

Top 3 Foam Roll Exercises

Erin Motz | Posted 02.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Motz

Foam rolling helps to create and maintain long, smooth muscles by massaging out the knots and releasing trigger points. Here are my three favorite exercises on the foam roller.

Secrets of Splits and Flexibility

Stacey Nemour | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacey Nemour

Stretches should be done in the proper order. Honor the body by stretching it gently. The more time you take to stretch increases your ability to go deeper into the splits. Start with the easier ones and save the intense positions for last.

The Only 5 Stretches You Need

Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living

By Nora Tobin for Shape.com As a fitness professional and athlete, one of the most common questions I hear is, "Do I really need to stretch?" or "W...

Ask Healthy Living: How Can I Improve Flexibility After 50?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Hav...

Sidelying 90-90 Thoracic Mobility Drill

Joe Dowdell, CSCS | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Joe Dowdell, CSCS

Lie on the ground on one side of your body with your legs bent at about 90 degrees. Extend your arms in front of you, in line with your shoulders, w...

Quadruped T-Spine Mobility/Stretch

Joe Dowdell, CSCS | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Joe Dowdell, CSCS

Get down on hands and knees, with hands placed directly below your shoulders, your knees under your hips, and your toes pointed into the ground. Ta...

5 Back Stretches To Do Before Getting Out Of Bed

Posted 05.06.2013 | Healthy Living

What's the first thing you do when you wake up? Dr. Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute, told HuffPost Healthy Living that your...

Flexibility at Any Age: Part 2

Stacey Nemour | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stacey Nemour

Increased flexibility will help you to perform life's daily activities with ease and help reduce the risk of muscle, joint and tendon injuries.

No Gym - No Excuse: Part 1

Terry Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Gardner

These are exercises any traveler (at any fitness level) could do in a hotel room without packing a bosu or fitness ball or any other equipment.