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As a middle aged person who is very stiff, I am looking for just a basic, non-challenging program to become a little more flexible.  But the choices one sees are seemingly endless, and for a layperson the debate is difficult to untangle -- static stretching, cynamic stretching, active isolated stretching, some method Dara Torres advocates whose name I can't recall, yoga, Hanna Somatics (featuring pandiculation, supposedly the opposite of stretching), it goes on and on.  What am I supposed to do?  Help!!  Thank you.

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your inquiry. It's a pleasure to help and I hope the following is beneficial.

Take a look at the articles at the link below; They includes answers to common stretching questions like: Which muscles should I stretch? When should I stretch? Should I stretch every day? What type of stretching? Plus a whole lot more. It will give you a good overview of where to start and how to make sense of all the different options...

For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit Injury Fix.

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I'm more than happy to answer any questions relating to stretching, flexibility and sports injury management. Including how to use stretching to improve your athletic performance, prevent sports injury and aid in the recovery of sports injury.


I'm an internationally recognized stretching and sports injury consultant with more than 20 years of practical experience in the health and fitness industry. I'm also the founder of the Stretching Institute and

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I've written 5 books on stretching, flexibility and sports injury, including... The Stretching Handbook (ISBN: 978-0958109338), The Anatomy of Stretching (ISBN: 978-1556435966) and The Anatomy of Sports Injuries (ISBN: 978-1556436666). Plus, I've had numerous articles published at, and

I'm a health science graduate of the University of New England, with post graduate accreditation's in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. I've worked with elite level and world champion athletes and I've lectured for Sports Medicine Australia on sports injury prevention and treatment.

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I've worked as assistant coach to Miles Stewart (World Champion Triathlete) and Mick Doohan (World 500cc Motorcycle Champion). Plus I've worked with countless other athletes from sports as diverse as roller-skating, squash, and cycling.

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