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This book has changed my life!,
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This review is from: Stretching (Paperback)
Only thirty and with grumbling joints, I groaned when I sat down, and groaned when I stood up. I had to give up running in my early twenties due to the pains in my hips. I knew I had to improve my flexibility and had tried yoga which I found far too difficult (and a little dull). This book really has changed my life. Every day I do the Every day stretch routine. It was hard at first but is getting easier and I really enjoy it. After just a few days I was walking with a spring in my step. After two weeks I started jogging again, doing the running-specific routine in this book before and after jogging. I'm even contemplating training for a half marathon. I also do some of the other routines in the book now and then and I get a real buzz from doing it. I suppose some sort of chemical gets released when I stretch as it is really addictive and I feel full of energy. If I get up a bit late and have a rushed morning, I always take time to do the routine even if it means getting to work late. The difference this has made to my life is too great for me to skip my stretch in the morning.
The first half of the book explains how to do all of the stretches. The second half of the book is a load of routines for general flexibility or sports specific flexibility. The routines are easy to follow line drawings of a stretch, each with a page reference to the text description from the first half of the book. The first couple of times through a routine there is a lot of flicking back and forth to check the technique is correct but they are quickly mastered.
Ten minutes per day is all it takes. This may be the best book I've ever bought!