Why Should I Stretch?
There are studies that are still debating if streching or not stretching can prevent injury among competitive or recreational athletes. However,flexibility exercises when done after a workout or at least after a brief cardio warm-up do help to maintain circulation around the joints, keeping muscles healthy where they’re most apt to get injured. Stretching allows the body to move more efficiently and perform at its peak. During the course of a workout, muscles begin to shorten as they fatigue. This impedes your ability to generate speed and power and leads to a less efficient, shorter, more shuffling stride. Stretching keeps muscles elongated, reducing this tendency. It can make you stronger. Some research shows that stretching the muscle group you just worked between sets can increase strength gains by 19 percent.