Stretching feels ah-mazing for a reason: The right stretches have the power to remake your workout, your health, and your life. Think we’re exaggerating? Read on to learn the super-awesome benefits of stretching.
Stretching Primes Your Muscles for Exercise
If the first mile of every run feels like straight-up torture, you need to start warming up with dynamic stretches like leg swings, high knees, and bodyweight squats and lunges. “A dynamic warm-up increases blood flow, moves the joint fluidly, and mimics the movements that will be completed during the workout,” says Jacquelyn Brennan, CSCS, a personal trainer and co-founder of Mindfuel Wellness, a Chicago-based company that teaches on-site fitness classes and wellness workshops to boost employee health.