Stretching is not only important for maintaining flexibility as we age, but it is a key part of any training program. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles, carrying oxygen rich blood in and whisking away waste products that can cause muscle fatigue and soreness. However, be careful not to stretch cold muscles, as it can cause injury. Warm up by walking, jogging or riding a stationary bike for 10-15 minutes and then carry out your stretching routine. Work from head to toe, focusing on muscle groups (ie. arms, back, chest, legs); and don't forget your core! Make it a habit to stretch daily, even if you are not doing your full workout.
Don't skip the Stretching!
Fitness Together Jamie Young, Personal Trainer FT Overland Park