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Stretching Paperback – 1 Mar 1987

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Shelter; 2nd edition (Mar. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936070013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936070018
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,695,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stretching exercises are described which increase flexibility and help prevent injury, with specific stretch routines suggested for a variety of sports.


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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!
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I bought this updated edition after reading the glowing reviews of the original 1981 edition. It is a truly excellent guide to stretching. It starts with introduction to stretching and the varied reasons why it's good for you. After this it falls into three sections: a set of detailed descriptions of stretching by area of the body; stretching routines for everyday activities; stretching routines for sports.
The routines are the real gem. Clearly designed, and fitting easily onto an A4 photocopy, they refer by page number to the detailed description in the book. After a few runs through, you remember the exact way to do it without the book. I have 'Computer and Desk Stretches' and 'Hands, Arms and Shoulders' pinned up by the desk at work. There's also stretches for kids, stretches for over-60s, stretches for travellers, stretches while watching TV .... this is a really accessible way of giving your body the gentle stretching it needs.
Apart from the clear descriptions and diagrams, the book is also excellent for driving home the message that stretching is all about what *you* as an individual can do, not competitive. It also gives the reasons why you shouldn't be competitive about stretching.
Overall this is a great, clearly written, informative and accessible book for anyone who wants to know a bit more about looking after their body. I loved reading it, and it's very easy to build the exercises that *you* need into a daily routine that suits *you*.
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This book is great. I used to go to yoga classes, primarily because I was interested in the stretching exercises. But time and time again I'd wake up the next day sore of with pulled muscles. I tried lots of classes - all the same. Then a gymnast friend showed me some stretches and I did those. Then I saw a review of this book in a cycling magazine. It was described as 'the bible' of stretching. I bought it right away and have been stretching since. Bob Anderson's approach to stretching is spot on. He warns of the dangers of over-stretching and points out how even most athletes don't stretch correctly. Now I'm addicted to stretching and feel much much better for it. If you do sport (or even if you don't) you NEED this book.
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I've purchased several books on stretching. My flexibility is pretty poor. This book is at the top of the pile. There's not too much science. Just simple instructions as what to do or not to do.
The diagrams are simple and very effective. The shaded parts represent what is being stretched. There's a good bit about not over stretching and why you may cause damage.
The best of the book is the second half, where it lists stretches for every common sport and the time taken to do all the stretches. There's much more than sports stretches though. There's computer desk, everyday, blue-collar, gardening over 60's, TV and kids stretches (and more too).
Overall, if you dont need too much science then this IS the stretching book for you.
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The diagrams in this book are clear and easy to follow with a commentary on "do's and don't's" along with hints and tips.
The first half of the book shows each individual stretch in detail with a short paragraph of text, the second half of the book shows these stretches grouped in routines, for example:
- complete stretch routine on waking up (total time 4 mins)
- stretches for travellers
- for swimmers
- hands and arms
- legs
- back
- before going to bed etc
Most major sports are also covered with their own custom routines.
Pick and choose what you need, when you need it. Either do a routine, or pick the 3 or 4 stretches as needed
Only a few minutes are needed for most of them and you'll probably feel a lot better afterwards! :o)
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