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    Questioning Conventional Wisdom

    Just a couple of random observations. The classic calf stretch (Leaning up against a wall or using an inclined plane) can be dangerous. It places an enormous amount of stress on a delicate and complex muscle attachment;1e. the Achilles tendon. The gastrocnemius et al does require attention. I feel rolling with a device like The Stik is safer and more effective.
    Side planks may be too dangerous. They place a lot of stress on the wrist, elbow and shoulder. There are alternate exercises that are safer.
    Just my worthless opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equinox View Post
    Just a couple of random observations. The classic calf stretch (Leaning up against a wall or using an inclined plane) can be dangerous. It places an enormous amount of stress on a delicate and complex muscle attachment;1e. the Achilles tendon. The gastrocnemius et al does require attention. I feel rolling with a device like The Stik is safer and more effective.
    Side planks may be too dangerous. They place a lot of stress on the wrist, elbow and shoulder. There are alternate exercises that are safer.
    Just my worthless opinions.
    Good points...

    But a lot of it has to deal with the physical condition of the person...

    For example: a lot of the conditioning exercises (both strength and flexibility) proposed for "seniors" wouldn't even count as exercise to a younger or fitter person than the fat, stiff, debilitated person that 'they' assume all "seniors" to be.

    Conversely, I watched an 80 year old Buddhist monk just plop down into a full lotus position -- and maintain it without twitching even a muscle for nearly two hours...

    And too, the points you make are also part of the reason they advise one to "warm up" BEFORE stretching with a 10 minute aerobic exercise. Over stretching cold, stiff tendons and muscles can cause injury...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeBMac View Post
    Good points...

    But a lot of it has to deal with the physical condition of the person...

    For example: a lot of the conditioning exercises (both strength and flexibility) proposed for "seniors" wouldn't even count as exercise to a younger or fitter person than the fat, stiff, debilitated person that 'they' assume all "seniors" to be.

    Conversely, I watched an 80 year old Buddhist monk just plop down into a full lotus position -- and maintain it without twitching even a muscle for nearly two hours...

    And too, the points you make are also part of the reason they advise one to "warm up" BEFORE stretching with a 10 minute aerobic exercise. Over stretching cold, stiff tendons and muscles can cause injury...
    Very true.

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