When observing people at the gym I noticed that many will not stretch after they are done exercising. I recently participated in a tennis clinic, and the instructor was extremely eloquent about the proper tennis techniques, but never once mentioned the importance of stretching after the tennis session. So I think it will be helpful to set the record streight and explain why stretching should not be an afterthought, but a part of any exercise routine.
According to the Mayo Clinic, stretching may help you improve flexibility, which in turn improves your athletic performance and decreases your risk of exercise-related injury. Read the rest of this entry »