The Truth About Stretching

The Truth About Stretching

A quick stretch before you sweat has its benefits throughout your workout—it primes cold muscles for the exercises ahead, increases your range of motion and flexibility during the workout, and aids in the recovery process well after you’re done huffing and puffing. Skip those stretches and you not only put yourself at risk for tearing a stiff muscle, but you won’t see the results you should. We’re not just talking about cardio, either—this goes for all workouts across the board. “Stretching helps you move freely during aerobic exercise, it enables your muscles to build more strength during weight training, and it helps keep muscles long and lean,” says Sharon Willett, a physical therapist and sports trainer at the Virginia Sportsmedicine Institute in Arlington, Virginia

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