We see professional athletes stretching before big matches or games, but it is just as important for us to stretch. Stretching keeps muscles and joints strong, flexible and healthy, and helps us maintain a good range of motion. Without stretching, our muscles can shorten and become tight, causing muscles to be weak. This puts us at risk for joint pain, strains and muscle damage.1

David Nolan, a physical therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital says, “A lot of people don’t understand that stretching has to happen on a regular basis. It should be daily.”

Benefits of stretching
Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles, and can help:2

Improve your physical performance
Decrease your risk of injuries
Help your joints move through their full range of motion
Enable your muscles to work effectively