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What are the benefits of stretching?

Stretching regularly provides many benefits such as; improved posture, corrected muscle imbalances and prevention of future muscle imbalances, increased joint range of motion, decreased muscle tension and joint pain, reduced risk of injury, enhanced strength, and improved overall function. For athletes, a good stretching program can also help enhance athletic performance.
Stretching will help you become more flexible, keep your body in proper posture, decrease pain in the muscles and joints, enhance coordination and reduce stress.

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