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Stretching For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

LaReine Chabut , Madeleine Lewis
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Did you long ago learn to fear and dread stretching because of overbearing P.E. teachers who forced you to touch your toes? It doesn't have to be that way anymore. Stretching is a powerful tool that can bring you new ease of movement, an increase in your physical capabilities, and deep composure that requires you to do nothing more than breathe. You can always have access to it—and best of all, it's free!

Stretching for Dummies shows you that stretching is actually easy to do—and reveals how you can reap the amazing benefits of stretching anywhere, anytime. It explains in simple terms how you can stand taller, look thinner, keep stress from getting the best of you, keep your muscles from feeling achy, and nip injuries in the bud. You'll discover:

  • The why’s, where’s, when’s, and how’s of letting loose and snapping back
  • How to keep from hurting yourself
  • The benefits of stretching with a partner
  • How to target specific areas: such as head, shoulders, knees, and toes
  • The art of breathing correctly
  • How to use stretching to sooth lower back pain
  • Stretches to start and end your day right
  • Stretches you can do at your desk
  • Stretches for various stages of life—including stretches for kids and seniors

This easy-to-use reference also includes a list of ten surprising around-the house stretching accessories, along with ten common aches and pain that stretching can help. Regardless of how old or young you are, Stretching for Dummies will introduce you to a kinder and gentler form of flexibility that will reduce that nagging tension and tenderness in your muscles and truly make you feel good all over.



Editorial Reviews

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"…the ideal book for beginners who want to improve their flexibility, wellbeing and get rid of nagging aches and pains." (Women's Fitness, Issue 38)

From the Back Cover

Includes routines for pregnant women, kids, and seniors

Get stronger, look thinner, and nip injuries in the bud

Stretching does much more than increase your flexibility — it promotes relaxation, relieves pain, boosts your energy, and improves posture and performance. This plain-English guide starts you on a safe, healthy stretching regimen, giving you an array of practices for home, work, and on the go as well as specific stretches for target areas, such as the back.

Discover how to

  • Establish a stretching routine
  • Warm up and cool down
  • Stretch for specific activities
  • Prevent athletic injury
  • Relieve computer-desk stress
  • Stretch with a partner

Product Details

  • File Size: 14647 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470067411
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYDTAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive book for the exercise dummy April 17, 2009
By Heather
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because I really was a stretching dummy. After being pretty sedentary for a few years, I have started working out again. I kept getting tightness in my arms and legs that I couldn't figure out how to stretch away. This book has cured that, showing me specific stretches for each area of tightness. Now I know how to stretch after I work out. I've never felt any tightness that this book didn't address.

As a bonus, it even explains why you should be warmed up before you stretch, that you need to hold a stretch for 30 seconds for the most effectiveness, what you need to stretch effectively (a towel wrapped around an extremity will help you stretch what you can't reach), and gives a few specific stretching routines for the office, pregnant women, children, seniors, and those participating in specific sports (basketball, skiing, swimming, and racquet sports). The only actual routine I've used is the office one... mostly I just stretch the muscles I worked.

The reason for the four stars is the organization of the book. It does go through by body region, but curiously doesn't include each stretch in that section. For instance, in the "upper body" area, it includes one chest stretch. But it lists two different ones in the "office" stretch. Why didn't it list all of the chest stretches all together so I could easily try all three to see which one worked best for me? I was able to navigate the book much more easily when I realized there was an index in the back. I looked up "chest" and it gave me the page numbers of all the chest stretches.

Still, all of the photographs were good, the writing was easy to understand, and it resolved my after-workout tightness issue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great simple guide for beginners July 16, 2013
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Straight to the point, quickly clears up misconceptions and then proceeds to explain in detail and in an organized sequential manner
a great variety of stretching exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect stretching book for the Kindle February 20, 2013
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This is my favorite book on stretching and I have read many. The book covers and answers all the questions (why, when, how, how often, etc.). There are more then enough stretches for all parts of the body and they are explained in an easy-to-follow format and accompanied by pictures of real people. Stretching is great for the body and mind and should be done everyday; this book will help you learn how to do it easily and efficiently!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stretching For Dummies December 21, 2012
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I have read this book thru and love applying to my health and fitness program. The book gives detail instructions that are easy to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy as that April 13, 2013
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This product I use for some of my patients. Shows how to do stretches in a easy to learn way
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good primer for starting an exercise program February 7, 2013
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There's lots of good basic information here on basic stretching when starting a program. Valuble information on why and how to do things correctly so as not to injure or discourage yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, practical book August 11, 2012
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Just the type of stretching book I needed to motivate me to be more diligent about this important aspect of fitness. This copy was in good condition with no obvious wear and tear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GETTING LOOSE 2 January 29, 2012
By JOEL
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THIS BOOK GIVE GOOD DETAIL ON CORRECT STRETCHING POSTIONS. WHEN IT COMES TO LEARNING ON HOW TO STRETCH THIS BOOK DOES IT THOROULY. YOU NEED INFORMATION AND THIS BOOK IS IT.
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