- Carol Michaels
Stretching is one of the basic components of fitness. Stretching improves your range of motion, which is the degree of movement that can be achieved without pain. Elongating the muscle and fascia by stretching improves circulation, increases elasticity of the muscle, increases oxygen to the muscles, and helps the body to repair. It increases the circulation of blood to the muscles and prevents tight muscles, which have less blood flow. The blood carries oxygen that the muscle needs for energy. Blood flow also removes lactic acid and carbon dioxide, which cause inflammation.Stretching can be performed while standing, sitting, or lying on the floor. Most can even be done in bed. Stretching increases feelings of well-being. Stretching enables one to perform your daily activities more easily and with less pain.