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This Is What Happens to Your Body If You Never Stretch

There are two types of people in this world: Those who never stretch and those who brag about their flexibility with not-so-subtle jabs. (“I remember when I couldn’t touch my toes!”) If you’re on Team No Stretch, you’re probably sick of hearing from the know-it-alls doing splits in the corner. That’s why I’m sorry to report that I asked a physical therapist what happens if you don’t stretch—and it’s not good news, fam.

To understand why stretching should be part of everyone’s routine, physical therapist and yoga teacher Lara Heimann, PT, says you first need to understand what all the toe-touching and extension actually does for your body. Many folks believe that stretching elongates your muscles, but that, my friends, is a myth. Instead, it mobilizes and lengthens the connective tissues surrounding your muscles, allowing both them and your joints to move more freely. Read more here.

By:  Kells McPhillips

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