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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