Regular stretching keeps you flexible and helps prevent muscle injury and soreness. It improves muscle elasticity by increasing blood flow to the muscles and helps to lengthen and strengthen them.
The best time to stretch is after training, as the muscles are already warm and more pliable and can be moved into positions where a long-term benefit can result. Runners should try the following stretches after a workout. ( Hip flexor stretch, Standing quadriceps stretch, and Standing adductor stretch.)
Directions on how to perform the above stretches can be found at your local library or on line.
Remember, stretching is an important part of exercise programs.
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