Stretching is an essential part of keeping fit and healthy. As we get older our muscles get tighter which makes us more susceptible to muscle, tendon and joint injury. Stretching increases our flexibility and therefore reduces these risks. It is vital you stretch after a workout as this increases the circulation of blood flow carrying nutrients to the muscles and cartilage. This reduces muscle soreness meaning you will be able to walk the next day.
Millions of people suffer from chronic back pain and stretching is a great way to relieve this. Making sure you stretch your hamstrings, quads, hip flexors and lower back muscle can massively help eliminate pain.
Lastly, everyone has some form of stress. Stress causes your muscles to contract which in turn causes tension in the body. Gentle stretches can help relax tense muscles making you feel better.