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I read that after exercising, we should stretch our muscles so that they won't be bulky but instead be long and lean. Is this true?

Edit: The question is more about aesthetics than whether stretching is healthy. So if I wanted to have toned but lean muscles, would it be helpful if I stretch my muscles after exercising?

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  • This sounds more like a job for biology.se than skeptics. In fact, it's already answered on fitness.se: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/455/… – Shadur Aug 5 '15 at 12:18
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  • Please read the edit.My question is actually more on aesthetics,and not about whether stretching is beneficial to the body.So it's quitec different from the questions that have already been asked. – Yvonne Liew Aug 9 '15 at 15:42
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