Stretching can seem like a bit of a chore, and its benefits are harder to see than those of other exercises. But make no mistake — just as exercising helps keep your muscles healthy, stretching helps improve the flexibility of your joints. Here are some of the unseen benefits of stretching frequently:
- Improved Flexibility
By stretching before and after exercising, you’ll help prevent this loss of flexibility, and you’ll actually improve muscle tone.
- Less Risk of Injury
Any time you put stress on your body, you risk injury. Because they are designed to flex and move, your joints are especially vulnerable. Stretching can help your joints become stronger and more flexible.
- Improved Blood Flow
Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles. This increase in blood flow brings a supply of nutrients to the muscles and helps reduce soreness after a workout.