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by 58 · about 12 hours ago

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 3:48 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 · about 13 hours ago

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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Fly_On_The_Wall 0 · July 12, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Regardless of the stretches you choose, I would recommend you do them at the end of a good workout when your muscles are pumped. Otherwise you would devote too much of your stretching time to simply getting closer to your existing limits rather... (more)

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by 1005 · about 13 hours ago

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 1:59 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 75 · about 13 hours ago

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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raydawg 0 · October 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Yup, switch some of the carbs/proteins for more fats. Things like coconut oil, avocado, grassfed butter, red palm oil, bacon, ribs, etc.

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by 4400 · about 13 hours ago

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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Heidi_1 0 · September 15, 2012 at 1:46 AM

What really took my flexibility to the next level when I was competing as a martial artist (20 years ago . . .) was not any special type of stretching program, but making sure my muscles were very warmed up before doing it. I don't mean five... (more)

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by 149 · about 13 hours ago

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 5:29 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 131 · about 14 hours ago

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 6:53 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 1720 · about 14 hours ago

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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Nance 0 · December 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM

I can speak to the too-flexible issue; it has both negative and positive consequences. On the negative side, I could never play tug-of-war or go across the monkey bars because my arms would pull out of my shoulders. In 18 months of aerobics, I... (more)

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by 10502 · about 14 hours ago

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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Aravindan_Balasubramanian 0 · July 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Everything you've listed is great, but I will give you a different perspective than the ones so far. I have a fair bit of experience with this personally The "what" is secondary to the "how often". This is probably not the answer you want.... (more)

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by 1702 · about 14 hours ago

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 2:51 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 · about 14 hours ago

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 20787 · October 29, 2014 at 3:08 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 4:35 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 · October 28, 2014 at 3:07 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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Tyler_S 0 · December 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Edit: Expanded and more in depth version of this post here. Training as a D2 Decathlete (tons of sprinting, jumping, throwing, and lifting) as much as 30 hours per week, I was forced to seek out the best methods of recovery and for mitigating... (more)

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by 1353 · October 26, 2014 at 4:04 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 2341 · October 23, 2014 at 3:53 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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