Happy Tuesday, STalkers! I was sitting at my desk for too long and was so stiff that I had to s-t-r-e-t-c-h when I got up.
While it's important to stretch before you exercise, we all need to stretch to keep our muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. We NEED that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. YIKES!!