“You are as young as your spine is flexible” is a saying in Yoga.
Stretching has many benefits: increased blood supply to muscles, organs, glands, and joints, freeing spinal nerves to increase brain-body communication, increased strength, and relaxation to name a few. Flexibility is important to maintain no matter whatever exercise program you enjoy. It’s common for people to weight lift, bicycle, swim as exercise, and neglect stretching after they are done. Post-workout stretching ensures that the blood that has filled the muscles during exercise gets back into circulation thereby decreasing soreness. Even a 5 minute stretching routine can be beneficial.
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