Stretching is still as important today as it was when your P.E. teacher told you it was back in elementary school. Stretching helps to prevent injury and increase your flexibility. Try not to stretch “cool” muscles. The most effective stretch is performed on warm muscles, so give yourself a little warm-up first, and then stretch all of your major muscle groups. Stretching after a workout is important too and will increase flexibility the more often you do it.
Try to hold your stretching position for 60 seconds and remember to never “bounce” or force yourself into a position. This will only cause damage to your muscles. Don’t forget to stretch your neck muscles as well. This can be as simple as placing a hand on your head and slowly pushing down in the front, then repeat while pushing your head to each side.