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We all know we should stretch, but far too many of us overlook this and choose to get on with the ‘fun stuff’ instead – the exercise or the sports or the free running. Perhaps though part of the problem is that we are not educated quite enough on the reasons we should be stretching – and perhaps a full list of all the reasons we should be doing it could help encourage us to be more vigilant…
1. It improves muscle development
2. It increases range of motion
3. It reduces injury
4. It warms you up
5. It improves posture
It may well be that stretching isn’t quite the crucial crux of an athlete’s pre-game that we thought it was. However that said- it still has many other benefits in terms of muscle development, posture and flexibility and conventional wisdom still says it’s a good idea.
You have all the information – so now it’s time to find out what works best for you!