Stretching is part of a well-rounded fitness regimen. Although we all know we need to be doing it regularly, life often gets in the way. You decide to eke out a few extra minutes on the treadmill or add a few extra sets of resistance training instead of making time on the mat to stretch. It happens!
Unfortunately, the result is that you feel stiff and uncomfortable and have decreased range of motion to perform even everyday tasks like climbing subway stairs or lifting your 3-year-old. But stretching can also enhance our fitness programs and quality of life in three key ways you may not have previously considered. Here’s how: