Stretching is a lot more important than many people realize. Some see it as a hassle and just something they don’t want to waste their time with. (I use to be one of those people.) In reality, stretching is a great warm up and cool down and helps your body reach its full potential during an exercise. Don’t risk a muscle injury because you were too lazy to stretch for a few minutes before a run. Instead, do some stretches and enjoy the benefits you gain from it. How do you know what stretches to do? Well the world wide web is full of experts ready and willing to share their knowledge with you. There are tons of sites that share great running stretches, basic stretches, upper body stretches, and much more. Take the proactive approach and do what’s necessary to prevent injury. There’s no sense in losing your workout progress trying to heal an injury that could have been avoided by stretching.