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Why Stretching Is Important After a Workout

Published by Dr. Alden Clendenin

Maybe you are already used to stretching after your workout routine or plan on getting started. If you are an athlete or a gym regular you probably see people stretching all around you, but have you ever asked yourself why? Stretching is critical to ending your work out the right way. Here are some reasons why our Chicago chiropractors recommend it.  

Improve Flexibility

Improving your body’s flexibility is a great way to ensure your muscles don’t get strained. Stretching is a simple step that you can add to your workout routine to increase your flexibility. After a workout, you will find that stretching your limbs is easier than before, that’s because working out loosens, or warms up, your muscles.  

Prevent Soreness

Along with flexibility, stretching can help you prevent unwanted soreness. If you regularly see a Chicago chiropractor or experience soreness in your muscles after a trip to the gym, stretching can help alleviate this pain. Stretching loosens your muscles and helps them release after strenuous activity, this is the reason why it can minimize your risk for injury and soreness. 

Boosts Energy

You may already feel energized after a great workout, and that is because exercising releases endorphins, which are natural, feel-good chemicals in the brain. Stretching helps your body relax after exercising, which helps release more of these feel-good helpers, and can leave you energized and happier. 

Improves Range Of Motion 

If you are leaving stretching out of your regular gym routine, it can cause muscles to tighten and become tense. Stretching releases constricted muscles and allows them to work to their full potential. Having a good range of motion in your muscles is important in preventing injury and maintaining flexibility. 

If you would like more information about stretching come into Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers for Chicago chiropractors and physical therapists.

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