I know a few reasons why people stretch, but what are some very important reasons? (Any input would be much obliged...)
It helps to avoid injuries such as pulling or tearing of ligaments or muscles. You want to be warmed up a little before stretching to get full benefit. So do a little jogging in place or jumping jacks then stretch.
Doesn't it also give increasage of strength, and can also help you get bigger muscels? (Sorry if I spelt it wrong, just one of those words.)
It's meant for keeping you limber and loose more so then building muscle mass. But it is still very important to any workout. You should stretch before and after any serious work out
There's a lot of disagreement out there on stretching. Most people agree that stretching after a workout is a great idea, but not everyone agrees that stretching before is necessary. Many people (myself included) warm up with jogging and light cardio and only stretch when cooling down. Interesting topic. I look forward to hearing other people's answers
I've read a few places that stretching before strength training can actually hinder your performance.
Like many other posters said, you're better off warming up pre-workout, and stretching post workout. The idea is to get your blood flowing for the workout, then stretch afterwards. Jumping jacks, one minute of jumping rope, a 5 minute bike ride on the stationary are all great forms of warming up
Very useful topic,thanks!
I stretch so that my muscles loosen up and when I workout I won't get cramps, muscle pull.... Basically to avoid injuries!