A daily leg stretch slashes heart at­tack risk

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Leg stretches offer a host of ben­e­fits beyond flex­i­bil­ity, ac­cord­ing to an an­i­mal study de­signed to repli­cate the ef­fects of stretch­ing in hu­mans. The re­searchers, re­port­ing in The Jour­nal of

Phys­i­ol­ogy, found that stretch­ing leg mus­cles for 30 min­utes five days a week in­creases blood flow to the legs by 36%, plus strength­ens blood ves­sels—ben­e­fits that are linked to re­duced heart at­tack and stroke risk. Search “leg stretches” on YouTube to try rou­tines; we like “Lower Body Stretch­ing for Flex­i­bil­ity” by Fit­nessBlen­der.

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