But mom! Do I have to?! Technically, no! But stretching the body, much like stretching the mind, is an essential part of physical growth. You spend X amount of time working out, focusing on contracting the muscles, but then what? In order to be in a prepared state for growth, you must lengthen the muscles back out to their pre-exercise state.
Let’s Keep This Simple, Sally!
You don’t need to spend oodles of time stretching, though your body will definitely appreciate i