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Stretching to Stay Young: Simple Workouts to Keep You Flexible, Energized, and Pain Free Paperback – Illustrated, December 13, 2016
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“Jessica’s ability to translate cutting-edge science into practical information people can use is truly refreshing and much needed when it comes to stretching. I appreciate the multi-modal approach to flexibility training that this book provides, including offering ways in which to modify each of the stretches and movements to allow readers to tailor their stretching experience to meet their unique personal needs and ability levels.”
—Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise (ACE)
“Jessica has imbued years of experience as a credentialed yoga teacher of teachers into this approachable, purposeful guide to stretching techniques for readers of all ages. I recommend this thoughtfully-written book from a teacher we can trust, which simplifies flexibility training for almost anyone."
—Lawrence Biscontini, MA, Movement Specialist, Author and Award-Winning International Fitness Educator
“I’ve worked with Jessica as a peer, colleague and friend over the past 10 years. Her knowledge, creative mind and dedication to the world of health and fitness are just a few of the things I love about her. Her book is worth the read. She lays it all out from the science, to the different techniques and the actual workouts. I will recommend this to anyone who wants to stay injury free, move better, and feel better too!”
—Chris Freytag, Founder of Get Healthy U and Get Healthy U TV
“As an avid exercise enthusiast, Jessica has elevated my pre and post workout stretching with her passion and flexible approach to wellness.”
—Dan Bouzide, Founder and President of WellnessMats
About the Author
Jessica Matthews, M.S., Certified Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500) is a Kinesiology Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and Professor of Yoga Studies at MiraCosta College in San Diego, California. She serves as Senior Advisor for Health and Fitness Education for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a Contributing Editor for SHAPE magazine. She regularly contributes to media outlets including CNN, Yoga Journal, Health magazine, NPR, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Paperback : 210 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1623158064
- Product dimensions : 7.5 x 0.58 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Althea Press; Illustrated edition (December 13, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matthews writes about having a similar experience as a fitness instructor, but observed:
“Once I was stretching regularly, however, I began to move more easily—not just while exercising but in my everyday life as well. I increased my range of motion and fain immense flexibility, reducing the aches and pain I had become accustomed to.” (8-9)
In my case, stretching not only helped me reduce tightness, it helped me workout harder and I ended up overdoing it a bit, which caused a different set of issues.
Matthews cites studies showing these benefits: decreased stiffness, improved function, reduced pain, enhanced performance, improved range of motion, improved balance, and decreased anxiety and depression (17). Medical benefits include reduced: stress, blood pressure and heart rate, breathing rate, and chronic back pain. (18)
For me, these benefits have been real. My basic warm up routine began in the summer of 2008 when I experienced several episodes of extreme, lower-back pain that left me unable to work—I had to lie on my back on the floor all day at one for three days running. On advice of my doctors, I began doing core exercises, which included stretching and Pilates, about seven days a week. After beginning this new warm up routine before swimming laps, I never again experienced that kind of pain and, with minor tweaks, I have continued this warm up routine since then.
Matthews is located in San Diego, California and cites her background as: Kinesiology Professor (Point Loma Nazarene University), Yoga Studies Professor (MiraCosta College), President & CEO of Integrative Wellness Education, Senior Advisor for Health & Fitness Education at American Council on Exercise (ACE), and a contributing editor at Shape Magazine. She writes her book in three parts—the science, the stretches, and the workouts—which are proceeded by an introduction and followed by lists of resource and references, and by a subject index. The book is printed on high-quality, rather stiff paper that might help the book survive a few trips to the gym. The illustrations are also large enough that you might be able to make out the routines without your glasses.
Jessica Matthew’s book, Stretching to Stay Young, is an interesting read. I loved to find that some of my stretches have catchy names like “Standing Crescent Moon” (74-75), “Bird Dog” (82-83) and “Figure 4” (92-93) and that I need to adjust my routine to do them correctly. The Standing Crescent Moon, for example, is best done as a static stretch, not a dynamic stretch (bobbing), while the Bird Dog is just the opposite, contrary in both cases to my current practice. I was also pleased to learn what people down at the gym are doing with foam rollers—exercising muscle attachments called fascia. If you are new to the proper way to do stretches, as I am, then this is a book that you want to check out.
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I also like the different work-outs that you can use for diferent times of the day,
ie Morning routine and Bedtime routine, Travelling Stretches and after gardening stretches.
There is something in this book for everyone.
My back and posture have definitely improved since using this book.
WHY STRECHING WORKS
YOUR STRETCHING EXPERIENCE
Split into different parts of the body e.g neck, chest and shoulders - section one.