Stretch- To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances. To pull, draw out or strain muscles and/or tendons.
Purpose of Stretching- is to warm up the muscle, sending blood and oxygen to muscles, fibers, tissues. Stretching improves flexibility, which is required in almost all physical activities. Stretching before exercise is said to greatly reduce muscle injuries, sprains, pulled muscles, etc.
When done properly, stretching can do more than just increase flexibility. According to M. Alter, benefits of stretching include:
The main purpose of stretching is to improve your range of motion within a muscle
or joint. Some of the benefits include: