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by 43 · July 29, 2014 at 03:48 PM

Okay, so I would classify myself as a beginner with yoga, but If I miss even a day of yoga, I lose some flexibility that I gained the day before? If I keep up my practice will this eventually stop happening?

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Chronic 0 · July 29, 2014 at 03:48 PM

Use it or lose it!For the most part I've done some yoga daily for a few years now, I still notice that if I stop for a few days I still lose some of the magic.

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by 5 · July 26, 2013 at 08:21 AM

Two kinds of stretches I really want to be able to do are: Be able to do (almost) full splits. Both on side and front. -> Right now, I am more than a foot off the ground! Be able to touch my toes comfortably without bending my knees. -> Right... (more)

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Keeks333 0 · July 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

I know you don't want class suggestions but yoga made me sooo much more flexible, and I only go a few times a month. It would probably benefit you to just take a class or two to learn the basic movements (and how to position them properly) and... (more)

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by 982 · May 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

After seeing the fuzz speech, I'd like to incorporate more motions / stretching into my day without having to go full yogi. Ideally looking for some sort of 5 minute full body super yoga flex instructional, or some key exercises / activities that... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · May 24, 2013 at 01:59 AM

This is one of my favorite yoga positions / stretches: I think the name for it is Morning Wood. Here are some yoga positions you can do without a partner though: (more)

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by 1353 · March 29, 2013 at 01:21 AM

Has anyone got any information about if and how stretching impacts muscle glycogen restoration, whether negatively or positively? I have found myself munching away for 20 minutes and then stretching after, wondering if it would be better to... (more)

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by 2316 · October 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

After reading some articles on the negative effects of stretching I stopped stretching all together about 3 months ago. The soreness in my legs has been pretty terrible for the past week or so...but it just dawned on me that I haven't been... (more)

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Rob_19 0 · October 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM

What negative effects are you talking about? If you mean pre-workout, the only stretching you should do is dynamic stretching, joint mobilisation and activities to increase blood flow and heart rate such as a light jog. Post-workout, a good... (more)

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by 75 · October 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

When I try to IF, I end up eating all the calories I would eat within one day anyway in the allotted amount of hours; so much that it feels like my stomach is stretching because I feel like I stuff myself so much. I can't seem to help it though!... (more)

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sage_ 0 · September 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM

you are suppose to eat the same amount of calories. if you feel your stomache is too filled, try swapping out some food that is less calorically dense for others that are more; just be sure to hit your nutrition goals for the day.

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by 4400 · March 15, 2013 at 02:28 AM

We just had the "How important is it to stretch" question, but to me the real question is how we should stretch, or, more generally, how do we improve mobility? For me, static stretching a la Anderson has been completely useless. Don't tell me... (more)

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eddieosh 0 · March 15, 2013 at 02:28 AM

I'm very skeptical about stretching after a few years doing yoga and pilates -- it just doesn't deliver the goods for me and I suspect can be quite harmful. There are other techniques that I think might be helpful such as ART and FMS, but there... (more)

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by 149 · June 15, 2013 at 02:06 AM

I'm making a concerted effort to improve my flexibility and functional strength to prevent injuries in the future. It's slow going and pretty painful. Are there any diet or supplement modifications that will make it go more smoothly?

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Alexis_4 0 · August 31, 2012 at 05:29 PM

I've heard taking a vitamin C + collagen supplement helps some people. I'm more flexible later in the day, but even in the morning I can still touch my toes. You may also want to check out Kelly Starret's Mobility WODs.

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by 143 · April 08, 2012 at 07:34 AM

Just to make sure I have the right foundation. Paleo physical activities are: hiking, walking, weight lifting, sprinting and other anaerobics. Low intensity or short high intensity, right? Yoga (let's take only Asana practice) if done on lower... (more)

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Azat 0 · April 08, 2012 at 06:53 AM

Thanks for the answers to everybody. I think Mark's Primal Blueprint book unveils a little bit of mystery: 55-75% of max heart rate ie barely breaking sweat - level 1-2 vinyasa for seasoned yogi/yogini and level 1 or Iyanger yoga for somebody... (more)

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by 1662 · December 28, 2011 at 05:42 PM

Being flexible - are there health benefits? Being too flexible - health benefits or negative effects? Should we stretch everyday? If so, why?

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Dorado_Galore 0 · December 28, 2011 at 05:42 PM

Ah, stretching. I took it up in my 20s, when I got serious about running. It just seemed self evident that stretching would be beneficial to counteracting the tightening that goes with running. My regimen consisted of the most basic hatha yoga... (more)

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by 10194 · July 14, 2011 at 07:59 PM

I want to become significantly more flexible than I am now. Sitting in front of a laptop 20 out 24 hours, definitely not helping. :( My main, hyper-tight areas are psoas, hip flexors, and posterior chain. I suspect I need to re-do the way I... (more)

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Chris_7 0 · July 14, 2011 at 02:49 PM

I recently read The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, because I'd heard good things about it from people who've used the method and I wanted another workout style to mix into my rotation. There's a chapter on flexibility, in which the authors discuss... (more)

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by 1714 · April 10, 2011 at 04:54 PM

I returned to the gym after an eight-month hiatus on Monday, and I'm STILL sore. If any of you are familiar with Body Pump, that's what I did. Even though you stretch afterwards and I elevated my legs all Monday night, my hamstrings are... (more)

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sherpamelissa 0 · March 30, 2011 at 02:51 PM

I've done Body Pump and love it. It's really common to be that sore after doing it for the first time or the first time in a long time. It gets better each time you do it. Keep it up! It's a great way to get in lifting heavy things in a fun way... (more)

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by 35 · August 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM

So after reading about vibram KSOs i started running differently and after about three 4km runs with my different running style i bought a pair. The first run felt amazing except for the fact that near the end i started to feel a pain at the base... (more)

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Chickenosaurus_Rex 0 · February 13, 2011 at 12:20 AM

It sounds like too much too soon. Be sure to transition to the vibrams, don't just take off in them. See this article.

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by 20469 · February 10, 2011 at 07:04 AM

A while back, I was reading about some studies in which they tried to find evidence for the commonly held assumption that stretching before exercise decreases the liklihood of injury. They used men in boot camp as guinea pigs. Some stretched and... (more)

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Pieter_D 0 · January 25, 2011 at 04:35 PM

Short answer: stretching does not prevent injury. There is indeed no evidence (sorry, no time for references). So why would you stretch? Ah, to get long and lean muscles! But, why do you need those? That needs a more complicated answer... On... (more)

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by 626 · December 19, 2010 at 06:09 AM

what hacks/techniques do use pre/during/post workout to help mitigate* soreness after a tough workout? some stuff that has worked for me (mostly taken from MA days): -cold water dousing/exposure -self massage (I have a wooden stick--i.e. a... (more)

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Tom_R_ 0 · December 18, 2010 at 03:45 AM

Foam rollers are cute, but if you really want to get the soreness out, cut a foot long section of 4 inch pvc pipe. Roll that on your quads after some heavy squats. If you don't throw up and aren't scared to shed a tear or two, it helps with the... (more)