Stretching muscles is part of our every physical activity. You need to stretch your muscles after each workout so that your body is prepared for relaxation. A common mistake when it comes to stretching is doing it before the muscles are warmed up.
It is important to stretch the muscles when they are warmed up enough. A warm- up increases the temperature in the muscles as well as in the other tissues. It also provides the body with enough oxygen by increasing blood circulation.
Stretching speeds up the recovery of the muscles after a workout (no matter how vigorous it was), reduces the danger from hurting the muscles, ligaments and ankles, and helps in getting relaxed.
It is recommended to stretch from 20 seconds to 1 minute, depending on the person and the exercises done before that.