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True or False? Stretching makes you look leaner.

True! Our bodies need a balanced workout to be at its best. We need to have cardiovascular work for the heart and the lungs: strength training for the muscles, tendons, ligaments and to build bone density. It also means balance work and of course flexibility training. When we sit, we tighten up or conform to the seated position; we need to stretch out the hip flexors that get chronically tight from sitting. We need to strengthen the back muscles and the butt that get stretched out by sitting. We need to get our bodies back into the proper shape or alignment when we do activity or lack of activity to change and deform them. When you stretch a strengthened muscle, you give it a long lean look and enable the body to work at its best and most mechanically advantageous point. You work the joints in a full range of motion when you are stretched out, and avoid overuse of a joint or muscle when it is shortened and tightened.

 

About Janelle Baldwin

Janelle Baldwin is a physical therapist assistant (PTA) and lead fitness trainer for Agnesian HealthCare’s on-site fitness center, called the ZONE. She is a certified weight trainer (CWT), a strength and conditioning specialist (STS) and a certified strength and conditioning instructor (CSCI). Her 15 years of professional experience ranges from home care and work hardening/conditioning with the Agnesian HealthCare Sports, Spine & Work Center for many years to her role as a certified personal trainer; teaching fitness classes for which she is trained and certified for and maintaining the on-site fitness facility.

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