Before you start, follow these safety tips:
- Check with your health care provider to make sure these stretching exercises are safe for you.
- Always warm up before stretching exercises by doing some easy walking or arm-pumping first, or by doing stretching exercise after endurance or strength exercises.
- Mild discomfort or a mild pulling sensation is normal, but stretching should never cause pain, especially joint pain. If you feel pain, stop at once and consult your health care provider.
- Never bounce into a stretch -- make slow, steady movements to help your muscles stretch naturally.