How to Strengthen Tendons & Ligaments

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Strong tendons and ligaments are the foundation to developing high levels of muscle mass, according to "The Body Sculpting Bible for Men." Tendons and ligaments are fibrous cords that connect your joints to your bones and protect you from hurting yourself during strenuous exercise. Stretching daily in combination with mixing up your workout routine can help you improve your routine in the long run.Your body needs to have adequate support in order to strengthen your muscles, which means you'll need to perform short-range movements during your exercise to build up your tendons and ligaments, according to

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    Stretch for 10 minutes to warm up. Warm-ups help prepare your body for strenuous activity by loosening up your joints and can relieve muscle soreness after a workout as well.

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    Use high-resistance training, which forces you to work your tendons and ligaments more than you usually would due to the amount of the weight. As your body gets used to the weight, gradually increase the amount to shock your tendons into working harder.

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    Exercise with a short range of motion. Exercising normally works out your muscles, but decreasing the range of your squats, bench presses, shoulder presses or leg lifts focuses on your tendons and ligaments.

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    Take it slow. Putting too much pressure on your tendons and ligaments can cause a ruptured ligament or tendinitis, which is inflammation of the tendon.

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  • Work with a personal trainer if you are unsure about your exercises.

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