- Decreases muscle stiffness and increases range of motion.
The less you move the stiffer your muscles become.
- May reduce your risk of injury. The more flexible your muscles are, the less likely you are to tear or injure them.
- Helps relieve post-exercise aches and pains. Here I would like to point out that it is best to do stretching after your workout when the muscles are warm.
- Improves posture. Particularly stretching the shoulder and back muscles.
- Helps reduce or manage stress. When we are stressed are muscles tend to tighten up, so a good stretch can help reduce that tension.
- Promotes circulation. Stretching increases blood supply to the muscles and joints which allow for improved circulation of blood throughout the entire body.
- Decreases the risk of low-back pain. Flexibility in the hamstrings, hipflexors and muscles attached to the pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine which in turn reduces the risk of low-back pain.
My favorite piece of equipment to assist you in stretching is this: