Book Review: Stretching to Stay Young by Jessica Matthews

Stretching to Stay Young – Jessica Matthews

Simple Workouts to keep you flexible, energized, and pain-free

Althea Press (December 16, 2016)

Health/Fitness/Exercise/Pain Management



Easy to follow numbered steps describing how to properly perform the stretch, along with information about the benefits of each stretch and the key areas of the body it targets. Clear illustrations. Offers an assortment of stretches and routines. Besides numerous stretches by body part, the book offers stretches based on your activity (ie numerous sports, gardening, shoveling snow), stretches that ease aches and pains.  I am currently experiencing back pain and have found stretches targeting the back very helpful. This book would be beneficial to all ages regardless of your physical condition.


Discover how the practice of stretching can increase your flexibility, strengthen your body, and renew your youth with Stretching to Stay Young.

As we age, our bodies move less and less. And the less we move, the tighter our muscles and joints become. But this isn’t our natural state―in fact, our bodies were designed for movement.

Stretching is a gentle, simple activity that anyone can do. Doctors often “prescribe” stretching to patients to alleviate ongoing aches and pains, as well as improve range of motion and flexibility. Those who enjoy an active lifestyle find that regular stretching improves athletic performance and decreases the risk of injury.

Jessica Matthews knows how important stretching is. Her work as a seasoned yoga instructor, exercise physiologist, and graduate-level health educator has impacted thousands of lives, and has made her a leading and trusted expert in the health and fitness industry. In Stretching to Stay Young, Jessica meets you at your current level of stretching ability and guides you step-by-step through each stretch, arming you with the confidence you need to progress into deeper levels of stretching for enhanced flexibility and strength over time.

Stretching to Stay Young is your all-in-one guide to creating a stretching regimen that is tailor fit to your specific needs. In these pages you’ll find:

  • Detailed illustrations that provide visual aids for the correct positioning of your body
  • Easy-to-understand explanations of the cutting edge research behind each stretch and how it works
  • “Change it up” tips for modification that allow you to increase or decrease intensity level while stretching
  • The most current, up-to-date information on the basic how-to’s of proper stretching
  • Beginning to end guidance―from preparation to self-customization, Stretching to Stay Young delivers stretching options that consider your current issues and the lifestyle you want to lead

No matter your age or level of activity, Stretching to Stay Young will take the confusion out of starting and put the enjoyment into stretching.


Jessica Matthews, MS, E-RYT500, is a nationally recognized health and fitness educator. As a sought-after and trusted media resource for the past decade, Jessica has regularly contributed as a wellness expert to numerous publications and media outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, Women’s Health and NPR. In addition to her work as a college professor and senior health and fitness advisor, Jessica has served as a contributing editor for SHAPE magazine, and has been a featured health and fitness host on the Oprah brand OWNTV web-based series, #OWNSHOW. Learn more at

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