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July 25, 2007

How to Stretch Better

two women in swimsuits

Swimsuit, $86, Tommy Hilfiger; headband, $6.50, American Apparel. Swimsuit, $300, Eres.

Photo Credit: Philip Gay

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Increase your flexibility faster: Hold your usual stretch for 15 seconds. Release it a bit and contract the muscle you're working on for six seconds. Stretch for 15 seconds again. Activating the muscle before stretching short-circuits your body's "not moving any farther" reflex and lets you go deeper.

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