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    I hear a lot of mix studies about stretching. These are my views and experiences of the benefits listed in this article.

    - Help improve flexibility (increases your range of motion)

    I guess this is nice but in terms of day to day practicality, it’s a moot point. In some sports its helpful but having speed and skill is more so.

    - Assist in correct posture by lengthening tight muscles that pull
    areas of the body away from their intended position (because of so much
    time at our computers, many of us have tight chest muscles which pulls
    the shoulders and head forward, leaving us with a hunched shoulder
    look).

    I’ll give this a +1

    - Potential to decrease injury by preparing muscles for work before activity

    This statement is also questionable. The times that I don’t stretch I didn’t notice any increase of injuries and at the same time didn’t notice any difference in decrease of injuries when stretching.

    - Increases blood and nutrient supply to muscles, thereby possibly reducing muscle soreness

    Once you do dynamic stretches or just get warmed up, it does the same thing.

    For Your Mind:

    - Even a short amount of time (10-15 minutes) of stretching can calm
    the mind, provide a mental break, and give your body a chance to
    recharge

    This is subjective, stretching is nice after a workout to cooldown.

    - Classes like yoga or pilates offer you a chance to spend an hour releasing tension physically and mentally.

    Again, this is subjective but I can see how some people might like it.

    Overall there’s nothing wrong with stretching but at the same time, stretching isn’t as beneficial compare to doing other actives.

    • FitHealthy365

      Thanks for your comments!

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