Stretching after exercise helps to reduce the chance of injury[1][7], especially if you are stiff, have limited range of motion[3] or if you do sports or work with 'explosive' movements[8]. It increases blood flow to your muscles which helps to bring nourishment and get rid of waste byproducts in the muscle tissue[2]. Improved circulation from stretching can help shorten recovery time if you've had injuries[2]. Frequent stretching can help keep your muscles from getting tight, allowing you to maintain proper posture[2]. Stretching relaxes tight, tense muscles that often accompany stress[2]. Most people experience pleasure from stretching exercises[6]. Flexibility training may help older adults preserve the range of motion they need to perform daily tasks and other physical activity[4][5]. Flexibility may even enhance one's sex life[6].

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      • [1] Prentice, William E. (2003) Principles of Athletic Training, McGraw Hill, ISBN 0071092552.
      • [2] Laura Inverarity. Stretching 101. View
      • [3] American Journal of Sports Medicine, 1999, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 173-176 View
      • [4] Nelson ME, Rejeski WJ, Blair SN, et al. Physical activity and public health in older adults: recommendation from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2007; 116:1094-105. View
      • [5] Chodzko-Zajko WJ, Proctor DN, Fiatarone Singh MA, et al. American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Exercise and physical activity for older adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009; 41:1510-30. View
      • [6] Science of Stretching, by Michael J. Alter. Clothcover, Leisure Press (Publisher) 1988, 256 pages.ISBN: 0-97322-090-0
      • [7] Hilyer JC, Brown KC, Sirles AT, Peoples L. A flexibility intervention to reduce the incidence and severity of joint injuries among municipal firefighters. J Occup Med. 1990;32:631–637.
      • [8] Stretching and injury prevention: an obscure relationship. Sports Med. 2004;34(7):443-9. Witvrouw E, Mahieu N, Danneels L, McNair P. Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium View
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