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Stretching can help you grasp a zipper that’s been tantalizingly out of reach for years, work kinks out of a stiff neck, and ease back pain. It can also give you greater range of motion, improve balance, lower blood pressure, and relieve stress.

Experts say to stretch after you’ve warmed up or at the end of an activity. Go slowly and enjoy the feeling of making your body more flexible. When you feel the muscle resist and then stretch, that’s good. If a motion causes real pain, stop.

Stretching is something you can do almost anywhere and at almost anytime.

Harvard Medical School

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