Stretch after a warm up: Light physical activity for 10 minutes or longer will increase blood flow to your muscles. Warm muscles will be more elastic and less likely to injure.
Stretching should not hurt: You should be able to relax into your stretch. Stop if you feel pain...listen to your body!
Hold and breathe: Hold each stretch for a minimum of 20 seconds, and breathe deeply.
Form: Maintain good posture and do not bounce while you stretch. Check with a personal trainer, coach or exercise specialist to ensure you are using good stretching technique.
Frequency: stretch daily for optimal benefits.
Always consult with a physician before beginning any exercise program. Make sure that stretching will not aggravate any injuries or medical conditions first!