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Stretching exercises are essential to relieving muscle tightness and improving flexibility. Stretch On the Go for Fitness is your key to keeping limber while at work, traveling or even at home. Enjoy the illustrations and easy-to-follow guide for soothing both your Body and Soul. Improve your flexibility and feel great! Active-isolated stretching is very different from what your high-school gym teacher made you do. Rather than holding a stretch for a half-minute, you hold it for just two seconds. This prevents the muscle from activating an instinctual braking device to keep itself from overstretching. Traditional stretching forces that braking to occur, and that's not only counterproductive, but dangerous. If you force too deep a stretch while the muscle is doing all it can to keep itself from being stretched, something's got to give. And a torn muscle will repair itself with scar tissue, ultimately making that muscle less flexible.