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A little stretch goes a long way

When it comes to working out, many people skip a vital part – stretching. It may seem like an afterthought to some, but stretching is a crucial part of good health, and an important step toward an injury-free workout. Just look at a few of the benefits that stretching can give you.

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Injury prevention
  • Increased range of movement in the joints
  • Enhanced muscular coordination
  • Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)

Think for a moment about the state of your muscles before stretching — tight and restricted. By definition, you are talking about constriction in muscles and soft tissue. Tightness and constriction mean reduced blood flow to that muscle and soft tissue, a reduced supply of nutrients to the area of tension, and reduced removal of metabolic waste from those areas. Areas that are tense and constricted, then, are breeding grounds for illness and organ dysfunction.

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