by Colleen Martin for MD Anderson Cancer Center
So, if you're pressed for time, stretching might be the first thing you leave out of your workout. But skipping stretching also means you're missing a great opportunity to warm-up your muscles as well as reduce stress, boost energy and improve your circulation.
Regular stretching done after strength training or playing sports enhances athletic performance, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. And, stretching has been demonstrated to help maintain the range of motion in joints that we otherwise tend to lose as we get older.
Corinna Perez, a fitness expert at MD Anderson, suggests stretching before your workout to prepare your body for activity and afterward to cool down.
"Stretching after activity can be very soothing and relaxing," Perez says. "These are some of my favorites for before and after aRead More »from Stretch Out Your Workout