How long do you typically hold your stretches?

Lonnie U.
I hold stretches for a count of 30sec as this helps my muscles get the nutrients from the position. If I only have a short time I do about 3 different stretches and I hold them for 20sec but I try to have enough time to do a proper set of stretches

Lise N.
Hi!
I hold them for at least 1 minute.
If you have never stretched before you coul starr with 30 seconds, and be very gentle.

Yann T.
I try to hold them for at least 1 minute.
Just make sure you stretch gently so you don't get hurt.
30 seconds might still be good, but a little more than that makes them more effective.

Mike X.
15-20 seconds then I take a deep breath and go a bit further if I can if not I move to the next one. Helps lengths your muscles and if focus on your breathing while you stretch. In through your nose, out with your mouth.

Kylian I.
If it’s a folding stretch, I like to hold it anywhere from thirty seconds to a few minutes to reflect inward while enjoying the stretch

M Line I.
I hear that you need to do at least 30 seconds while breathing so your muscles get oxygen! I try to hold for 5 or 6 slow breaths 🙂

Austin U.
Stretch duration varies for me, my minimum is 8 secs, but if I find a particular stretch very helpful or necessary I may hold it for 20-30 secs or return to it.

Signe W.
When I get into position, I check to see that each Part of me is properly aligned. Then I ease slowly into the stretch, moving carefully or waiting a few moments when I feel discomfort. When I'm at the edge of my stretch, I wait for it to elongate. I don't rush it. When it starts to elongate I follow it, until it stops, then I pause and rest. This often happens several times, elongation and pause. When the last pause is in place, I may stay there for a minute or more, as I know my joints are beginning to recognize this position is a new possibility for the future. The whole sequence may take 5 minutes or more.

Benita O.
I like to hold each stretch about 20-30 seconds and that works best for me. If it’s shorter than that I feel stiff and sore after a workout but holding for longer than 30 seconds doesn’t seem to be necessary so I think 20-30 is just right.

Alice O.
I have been told it takes 30 seconds minimum for the muscle to be able to get the full effect. I was a dancer for a number of years.

In Yin yoga, where you get into a pose and hold it for 5 minutes or more, it’s my memory that it's not So much a muscle that one is stretching, one is working there with connective tissues and that needs more time.

Isabella P.
For arm and shoulder stretches I usually do dynamic stretching. For chest, back and abs I usually for for 30sec – 1min. For legs and hips I'll usually hold for 1-4 mins if I'm dedicating the time to a proper stretching session for improving flexibility. And I start off with a couple mins of dynamic leg and hip stretches to warm up! Hips & legs are the area I'm actively trying to gain flexibility in at the moment, so I put the most time and focus there right now. If I don't have 30-60mins for stretching, I'll do as much as I have time for! Even a quick stretch makes me feel better.

Monica J.
I usually hold my stretches from 30 about seconds to a minute. If I have extra time I might do the stretches in another cycle.

Stanley J.
I depends if I'm feeling rushed or not. If I'm excited to move onto the next thing, or I feel pressed for time then I go for at least two breaths, otherwise I hold it until I feel something release. What about you?

Saionara Q.
30 seconds usually seems right, but in the last ten seconds I tend to push deeper into a stretch, especially in my lower body.

Loivaci Q.
I usually hold each stretch until I can feel the muscles relaxing and letting go. This can vary from day to day. One size fits all is not appropriate for most people.