Why Is Stretching Important?

Author: Shannon Miller

Question: Why is stretching so important?


Not only does stretching prevent injury and relieve stress, stretching can help you throughout your day in a variety of ways.

  • Post workout recovery. You want to stretch to prevent muscle soreness and stiffness.
  • Increases flexibility and circulation. It can be calming or invigorating depending on the routine and stretching is a great way to start the day and a perfect wind down before bed.
  • Increases range of motion which will help you in all your other activities.
  • Stretch for a quick boost of energy, better posture and even injury prevention.

Here are some quick tips on how to stretch properly:

  • Hold stretches for approximately 15-30 seconds. Repeat 3-4 times if necessary.
  • Stretch after you exercise and throughout the day.
  • Stretch when you feel your posture start to slide or need a quick boost of energy.
  • Use caution if you have an existing injury.
  • Go slow…take your time and breathe.

For more great tips and Shannon’s favorite stretches, check out her Stretching To-Go book. Take your workout with you everywhere with the Shannon Miller Fitness To-Go series.

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