Stretching is a vital part of fitness.

It is also one of the most important things you can do to feel great every day. Flexibility exercises maintain joint range of motion and reduce the risk of injury, muscle soreness, and improve athletic performance while decreasing the risk of activity ­based injuries.

Like strength training, all major muscle groups should be included in your stretching program. Your stretching routine will relieve muscle tension throughout your body, improving blood and energy flow. 

Take time to stretch thoroughly and don't hurry.

Proper stretching involves breathing normally and holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. This may be the best 5 minutes of your day. Don't miss it! You may come to enjoy this ritual.