Stretching Plastic Comb – 1975
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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.
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!
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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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
- 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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