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Stretching can increase your heart rate, blood pressure and circulation which can help relax overworked muscle groups and enhance your physical performance. Being flexible can also reduce injuries as your reaction times are quicker. Developing a program and staying with it for the long-term benefits is key.
There are many different types of flexibility training that range from slow, static stretching to advanced methods. The best way to ensure your safety is to start out slowly and give your body time to adapt. As you become more flexible, you may also notice that you're gaining strength, endurance and better coordination as well.
Remember that stretching may cause some discomfort since you are lengthening muscles and connective tissues, but you should stop if it is painful.
Consult with your primary care physician or a fitness trainer to help you set up a safe flexibility program.
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