This is the body’s natural contraction response of any muscle being stretched, which is why you should always stretch slowly. Holding a stretch for 10 to 30 seconds gives your body time to grow accustomed to the stretch, thereby reducing the stretch reflex.

When you stretch your body after a workout, you are doing so in part to lessen your stretch reflex. This can help reduce post-workout soreness or stiffness. It also helps the muscle “remember” its pre-workout length, so it can optimize development and performance.

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