Posted by Jeff on October 18, 1997 at 17:43:11:
In Reply to: Re: Exercise posted by Matt on October 08, 1997 at 15:34:40:
: : Should you do stretching exercises before you work out? How many times a week should you exercise?
: Hi Marie,
: As a runner for over 5 years, my experience is that you should always stretch before doing any exercise. Before I run, I always make sure to stretch for at least 20 minutes - this can include the normal "touch your toes" and such, as well as taking a short walk.
: The answer to your next question can be found at this site, but I will answer it anyway. You should exercise at least 3 times per week to stay in shape. Any less, and you won't be doing yourself any good.
: Good luck!
It is also a good idea to stretch after a workout too. I have also been running for most of my life and i can tell you that it is actually more important to the body to stretch after a run than before a run. Stretching before a workout is good, but the first few minutes of your workout will be the warmup. stretching after a workout will prevent stretches that you may encounter in the future.
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