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Stretching is a good idea. It keeps you flexible, prevents stiffness/cramps, and gets the blood pumping. There is great debate whether you should stretch before, during, or after weight training. It doesn't have to be that complex. Warm up before weight or cardio training with some light exercises or stretching. While you're recovering in between weight training sets, stretch the muscle you are working. After training, incorporate a few more stretches to get more blood pumping into the muscle and to aid in recovery. As with any exercising, don't overdo stretching; this may just lead to decreases in strength. Also be careful not to overextend the stretch that it becomes painful.

Incorporate 2-3 sets of the basic static stretches below into your exercise routine. These are easy to learn and effective. There are many other stretching exercises for each bodypart, just like there are other weight-training exercises for each bodypart. Actually, weight training (using full range of motion) helps improve flexibility too, since you are not only contracting (shortening) the muscle, but elongating it when you lower the weight back down to the starting position. If there is a particular muscle group or joint that tends to be more inflexible, focus on it a little more.

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