How intense should the stretch be

A stretch should feel no more than slightly uncomfortable. When you reach the point of resistance in your muscle, hold that stretch. In a few more days of stretching that muscle, you'll be able to comfortably move past that point.

When it comes to stretching, the old cliché "no pain, no gain" is dead wrong. In fact, pain is the most precise indicator of a stretch that has gone too far, either in degree or in duration. If you're stretching to the point where your muscle sizzles inside, or is quivering, or you actually find that you're becoming less flexible, back off. If you force a stretch, the strain can only set you back further than you were when you started.

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