You’ve heard how important it is to stretch before a workout as part of warm-up routine, but do you know the specific benefits of stretching? One of the main benefits is that it helps your body become more flexible, which helps lower your risk of injury. It is best to try to hold each stretch for about thirty seconds. A warmup stretch routine should last for about 5 to 10 minutes. Some of the benefits to stretching before you being your workout include:

  • Prevent Injury
  • Increase Energy
  • Improve Posture
  • Improve Performance
  • Improve Circulation
  • Prevent Back Pain

While there are plenty of benefits, it is still important to do your warm-up exercises as well. Stretching is not a substitute for the warm-up, but a supplement for a comfortable and safe workout. Start your stretching slowly and take your time. Stretching too fast or too hard can potentially cause injury so take it easy if you’re a beginner. You do not have to do intricate stretches or push yourself to the limit. Do what feels right and comfortable for you. It also helps to focus on the areas you will be working out. The benefits are numerous, but you can see for yourself how beneficial stretching is. Have you had back pain that has been diminished or reduced by a good stretch? If nothing else, do it because it feels good and that will in turn help you to make it a habit to stretch as part of your warm-ups and workouts.


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