It is so easy to skip stretching before and after a good workout. But the next time you have that thought; don’t, and here is why. Stretching keeps your muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. We need our muscles to be flexible to maintain a range of motion in the joints; without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. For example, if you sit in a chair all day, this can result in tight hamstrings in the back of your thigh. This can make it harder to extend your leg or even straighten your knees, inhibiting walking. Similarly, when your muscles are tight and suddenly begin a strenuous activity that forces the muscles to be stretched, you run the risk of injuries from the sudden stretching.  Stretching will not only keep you more flexible, but also help you avoid injuries.  Happy stretching!