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While some gym-goers shy away from stretching for fear of reducing muscle power, turns out dynamic stretching can actually improve muscle power output. And if you thought a few stretches a week were enough to maintain flexibility, carve out some time on your current off-days: Daily stretching is the surest way to lengthen muscles, improve range of motion, and stave off muscle strain.

The Takeaway: Consistency is key. Stretching on a daily basis is the best way to improve flexibility and range of motion while also reducing the risk of injury and strain.

Make It Happen Like a Greatist: During bathroom breaks at work today, try some quad stretches and standing forward bends before heading back to your desk.

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