What does stretching do for the body?

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  • What does stretching do for the body?
    • It creates greater muscle length over time.
    • It diminishes tension in the muscles.
    • It diffuses the build up of lactic acid when done in the cool down.
      • Lactic acid can cause muscle spasm if not dispersed after vigorous exercise.
    • It can prevent or ease muscle soreness, if the correct type of stretch is used.
    • It creates long, strong muscles - not short, bulky ones like a weight lifter.
    • It is a safety precaution to make the muscles more elastic and help prevent injury to the muscles and joints.

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