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