I can not stress enough how important stretching is before AND after any kind of physical activity! Especially after a good long run where your muscles have repeatedly perform the same set of movements! Here, is a very interesting article that i stumbled upon.
And of course the scientist in me couldn’t resist so here is a paper published from a group in University of Tampa, FL that scientifically proved that stretching prepares your muscles for exercise therefore your work outs are more explosive and it can potentially decrease injuries! So as you can see its a no brainer! 5 minutes before and 5 minutes after can make a huge difference in the quality of your work out and also in your mind set! I find that a good stretching session always helps me get “in the zone” before my work out and makes me relax afterwards!
Here are some of my stretching moments 🙂 I know i don’t look my best but i m pretty sure you are not suppose to look anywhere near your best after a 10 mile long run in the rain 😛