Have you ever tried to blow up a balloon without stretching it first? You can blow it up, but it never puffs up quite the way it could. Trust me, I'm not saying humans are balloons—but we need to stretch, too!
Studies suggest that stretching regularly, properly, and at the right times of day can improve performance, minimize injury risk, and encourage mindfulness during your exercise routine. That said, like a balloon, too much stretching can be a bad thing—and you need to be mindful when incorporating it into your workout routine.
Here's everything you need to know about stretching.