Stretch your exercise plan beyond weights and cardio

Including stretching exercises in your workout regimen is essential to maintaining good posture and balance.


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Whether you're an avid exerciser or spend most of your time sitting in front of a computer, stretching should be part of your weekly routine. While this may conjure images of complicated twists and contortions, the type of stretching you need may be as simple as taking periodic work breaks to lift your arms above your head and to perform some other easy movements.

"Stretching doesn't have to be a particular program. It's just getting out of the posture you spend a lot of time in, taking some deep breaths, and moving your joints through their full range," says Dr. Lauren Elson, an instructor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.

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