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Why should I stretch after an exercise?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

You know you should stretch after any exercise, but why? In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Mike Clark explain what actually happens to muscles when we exercise and why stretching after is essential to our health and comfort.


Stretching after exercise helps serve two purposes. It allows you to gradually decrease the intensity of exercise and perform a thorough cool down. This gives your body time to return to its resting state and blood flow to return to all parts of the body. Stretching after a workout also helps to improve pliability and range of motion of muscles which can be become tightened during an intense workout. For the best results combine foam rolling with static stretching. Roll over tight or sore spots for 30 seconds to relieve tension, and hold static stretches for 30 seconds to improve length and range of motion of joints and muscles.

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