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HEALTHY YOU Q's: Warm Up Buttercup!

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Q: Is it ok to stretch cold muscles?

We checked in with Judy Molnar, USAT Triathlon Level 1 Coach and ACE certified personal trainer, to get the skinny on stretching out before warming up. Here’s what she had to say:

“The opinions vary, but it is not good to stretch a cold muscle as you can cause an injury. A good practice is to start your main workout session with a low intensity, build up easy for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then slow down and begin your stretching. Stretching is good for reducing stress, preventing muscle soreness and decreasing the chance of injury.”

Wanna learn more about limbering up? Click Here to check out our power post on stretching. You’re gettin’ more flexible already!

Face it — your body can be one crazy perplexing place sometimes. So submit your body, health and fitness questions here! We’re talkin’ to experts and doing tons o’ research so we can get you the answers you need. Just e-mail HealthyYouQs@girlslife.com!

2/5/2008 12:00:48 PM
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