Stretching For Dummies

Stretching For Dummies


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Stretching For Dummies by LaReine Chabut

Did you long ago learn to fear and dread stretching because ofoverbearing P.E. teachers who forced you to touch your toes? Itdoesn't have to be that way anymore. Stretching is a powerful toolthat can bring you new ease of movement, an increase in yourphysical capabilities, and deep composure that requires you to donothing more than breathe. You can always have access toit—and best of all, it's free!

Stretching for Dummies shows you that stretching isactually easy to do—and reveals how you can reap the amazingbenefits of stretching anywhere, anytime. It explains in simpleterms how you can stand taller, look thinner, keep stress fromgetting the best of you, keep your muscles from feeling achy, andnip injuries in the bud. You'll discover:

  • The why’s, where’s, when’s, and how’sof letting loose and snapping back
  • How to keep from hurting yourself
  • The benefits of stretching with a partner
  • How to target specific areas: such as head, shoulders, knees,and toes
  • The art of breathing correctly
  • How to use stretching to sooth lower back pain
  • Stretches to start and end your day right
  • Stretches you can do at your desk
  • Stretches for various stages of life—including stretchesfor kids and seniors

This easy-to-use reference also includes a list of tensurprising around-the house stretching accessories, along with tencommon aches and pain that stretching can help. Regardless of howold or young you are, Stretching for Dummies will introduceyou to a kinder and gentler form of flexibility that will reducethat nagging tension and tenderness in your muscles and truly makeyou feel good all over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470067413
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/12/2007
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 795,317
Product dimensions: 8.14(w) x 10.72(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

LaReine Chabut is a lifestyle and fitness expert, certified fitness instructor, and personal trainer. She has appeared on CNN, FOX News, EXTRA, Access Hollywood, and other television programs.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Why’s, Where’s, When’s, andHow’s of Letting Loose and Snapping Back.

Chapter 1: Here a Stretch, There a Stretch, Everywhere aStretch, Stretch.

Chapter 2: Preparing for a More Flexible You.

Chapter 3: Testing Your Flexibility to Establish Your StretchingRoutine.

Part II: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes: Targeting SpecificAreas.

Chapter 4: Taking It from the Top: Upper Body Stretches.

Chapter 5: Centering on the Core: Stretches for Your Middle.

Chapter 6: Soothing Your Lower Back without Paying for aMassage.

Chapter 7: From Your Knickers to Your Kickers: Stretches foryour Bottom Half.

Chapter 8: Total-Body Stretch Routines.

Part III: From the Daily Grind to Ways to Unwind: Routines toFit Your Life and Needs.

Chapter 9: When the Cock Crows and the Evening Wind Blows: AM/PMStretch Routines.

Chapter 10: Stretching Out the Workday: Stretches for Work andfor the Road.

Chapter 11: Basic Warm-Up and Cool-Down Stretch Routines.

Chapter 12: My Favorite Stretches for Specific Sports.

Part IV: Getting Limber As You Live: Stretches for VariousLife Stages.

Chapter 13: What to Stretch When You’re Expecting . . .and After.

Chapter 14: Family Fun: Kid-Friendly Stretches.

Chapter 15: Seventh Inning Stretch: Special Stuff forSeniors.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Common Aches and Pains and Stretches that CanHelp.

Chapter 17: Ten Surprising Around-the-House StretchingAccessories.


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