7 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Stretch Every Day

Ever since your very first PE class in elementary school, you've heard that stretching is important to improve circulation and prevent injury. But when you're short on time, you may be tempted to skip stretching so you can log a few extra minutes of cardio or hit the weight room—don't.

Whether you're about to go for a run or have been sitting all day and could use a break, stretching is a healthy habit that really pays off. Here are some of the perks it may provide.

If you're totally spent by mid-afternoon, a stretch break will invigorate you in less time than it would take for a barista to whip up your usual skim latte.

Just a few minutes of stretching increases blood flow through your entire body—including your brain, says Jennifer Warthan, a certified personal trainer in Surry, VA. "It wakes you up and helps you feel less sluggish."

The My Stretch Bar helps make stretching more efficient and convenient. Replacing the need of a stretching partner.

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