In this edition of Healthy U Tips, Audra Burrus, a fitness specialist at Poudre Valley Medical Fitness in Windsor, Colo., answers explains why you don't want to stretch before a workout and provides four tips for getting the most out of your stretches.
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Stretching is important because as you exercise, your muscles shorten. By regularly stretching the muscles, you counteract that shortening. Stretching promotes flexibility, allowing you to move your muscles and joints through their full range of motion.
Although stretching is simple to do, it's often the most neglected part of people's fitness regimens, according to the American Council on Exercise. Stretching can reduce your risk for injury and help you become more limber, regardless of your age and physical condition.
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