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Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite
Dale Roberts' book, The Stretch Workout Plan, will help me and others to revolutionize their stretching. Not content with merely showing a long line of illustrations, he has photographed every exercise to show how to check if you are performing it correctly, in multiple steps if necessary. I have always been told to stretch before and after exercise, but this is the first time I have seen so many separate routines laid out, and they are categorized by goal and by the activity level of the person.
There are stretch routines for people with back pain, and for those in sedentary jobs, both of which appeal to me. I had a back injury many years ago which necessitated surgery and so I am always careful not to injure it again. When I've tried stretching in the past, I would have a good stretch in the morning when getting out of bed, and maybe a few yoga stretches throughout the day at work, but I can see how performing a good 15-20 minute stretching routine would be beneficial. I've even picked up a roller massage rod to massage the knots in my back and other muscle areas, and just using that daily has helped me to be more flexible. There is also a foam roller routine which I plan to try since I already have a foam roller. I only knew one move to do with it previously and now I see you can roll your body weight over a tight muscle using the foam roller, and that provides extremely deep tissue therapy. The Stretch Workout Plan by Dale Roberts is a perfect gift for anyone with aches and pains from either injury or just getting older. If you have a serious condition be sure to consult your doctor.