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Old 07-02-07, 03:24 AM   #1
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stretching exercises

Hey all,

I currently have a semi-routine of various stretches and exercises I do. I was thinking of building this up into a full-on routine to start and end each day.

I considered something like yoga. Would anyone like to recommend a good place to start? I figured I can probably just P2P a variety of yoga/fitness/stretch programs but thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has any specific recommendations.

I'm mostly concerned about stretching. For exercise, there will be the ride to and from the gym (plus gym itself, ugh, thank christy for iPods). I want to build up my body's core muscles, back, and generally keep my legs limber. Aging is taking its toll, time to get seriously vigilant.

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Old 07-02-07, 04:43 AM   #2
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I've been doing serious stretching for a long time now and have found that a decent yoga class is an awesome place to start for that and core strengthening. Make sure you can find a really inviting beginner class. There's a lot of junk out there so, unfortunately, you have to sift through it to find the good stuff.

One book you should have if you plan on developing your own stretch routine is called Stretching by Bob Anderson. It's a great guide to get you started and has tons of different stretches for all kinds of purposes and is fully illustrated. That book has helped me a great deal and I still use it to this day.

Some other things are gymnastics and dance. Although they are not typically places for dudes, I've found them to be very valuable as far as keeping your entire body in tune. It is pretty funny, though, when there are 7 year old girls showing you up at everything you attempt
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Good question.....opportune too. I've been thinking about getting into a yoga class perhaps. I haven't been seriously looking yet, but its been on my backburner for a while now.
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My bro does Kung Foo movies for his stretching routine.
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My bro does Kung Foo movies for his stretching routine.
How does one stretch by doing a movie?
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Make sure you can find a really inviting beginner class. There's a lot of junk out there so, unfortunately, you have to sift through it to find the good stuff.
I've also been thinking about taking a Yoga class. What differentiates a good one from a "junky" one? Also, I've heard there is more than one type of Yoga. Do you have a recommendation for a rank beginner?
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How does one stretch by doing a movie?
Ropes, candles, and lots of lube.
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There's a sticky over in Clydes about building up the core.

One thing a swing dancing instructor told us was to encorporate stretching (once you learn some good ones depending what you'd like to stretch) into day to day activities. Need to get a can from the bottom shelf at the supermarket? Use a specific stretch to go down instead of just bending over. Waiting for the elevator? Sitting at your desk? Etc...
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cheers Mirona, I'll see if I can find that book. Thanks also for the link, Air.
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Here are some diagrams to show the basic exercises.


Here is the source as well, with descriptions:
http://www.roadcycling.com/cgi-bin/a.../view.cgi/3/40

Stretching properly is extremely important!
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Weighted crunches are grand for building up core strength.
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