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Benefits of stretching

According to stretching master Bob Anderson in his classic best seller, Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition, here are the reasons to stretch:

  1. Reduce muscle tension and make the body feel more relaxed
  2. Help coordination by allowing for freer and easier movement
  3. Increase range of motion
  4. Help prevent injuries such as muscle strains
  5. Make strenuous activities like running, skiing, tennis, swimming and cycling easier because it prepares you for activity; it’s a way of signaling the muscles they are about to be used
  6. Helps maintain your current level of flexibility, so as time passes you do not become stiffer and stiffer
  7. Develop body awareness, as you stretch various parts of the body you focus on them and get in touch with them; you get to know yourself.
  8. Help loosen the mind’s control of the body so that the body moves for “it’s own sake” rather than for competition or ego
  9. Feel good

Links to good stretching routines

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