What is the purpose of stretching?

By: Guest
Date: Fri-Jun-5-2009-
By stretching, you have reduced the chance that movement will pull suddenly on a muscle not ready to work. You are also likely to notice other beneficial results. Stretching torso muscles helps you stand straighter and breathe more deeply; getting additional oxygen to muscles makes exercise more effective. Stretching also improves balance; you may find your step surer with the laundry basket on stairs. And stretching helps to ready the heart to function at maximum efficiency. Like a car engine on a winter morning, the heart "warms up" with the gentle movement of muscles and is more ready to deliver the blood and oxygen needed by muscles as activity increases.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Fri-Jun-5-2009
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