– increases vitality
– protects from injury
– increases flexibility
– strengthens the body
– improves muscle tone
– re-aligns the body so that it functions effectively
– regulates the internal organs, keeping all systems functioning efficiently
– slows the aging process
– enhances concentration
– fights depression
Stretching also assists in the elimination of lactic acid in the muscles that cause muscle cramps and post-training aches and pains. This is extremely important if you run or work out often, and by stretching fully after a workout you will increase your endurance and reduce post workout aches.
Stretching before a workout can do more harm than good; you should do a light warm up with dynamic stretching (such as walking lunges) before exercise and static stretching after.