Many people often wonder just how important stretching is on a day to day basis. It’s usually seen as something that only athletes do. That’s not entirely true, though. We all need to stretch regularly to protect our mobility and independence as well as to prevent injury.
Warming up and stretching are very natural things to do and there are many benefits to it. Stretching helps keep muscles and joints flexible, strong, and healthy. Without it, they can become tight which can put you at risk for injury. Just stretching once won’t give you flexibility, though. It can take weeks to months to gain range of motion and requires a regular stretching program to maintain it. But making a daily stretching program a part of your day can benefit you for years to come, so why wait!
Sarah Geremia, DPT
Atlantic Physical Therapy, West Ocean City