This may come off as a "do as I say, not as I do" kind of post, but read on anyway.
Patiently stretching your muscles not only reduces some of your DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)and improves your joint mobility. It can make you happy! Most of you are saying that you don't feel happy when you're stretching...it hurts. Well, listen closely - YOUR DOING IT WRONG!!! Those of you that have spent time stretching with me know that you should put your "head" in the muscle and breath quietly while concentrating on the muscle relaxing. Relaxing into a stretch is much safer and more effective without forcing the muscles to fight back. Effective stretching for flexibility does not happen quickly so stop trying.
Ok, back to happy. When you take time to stretch, you relax your muscles , tendons and ligaments and therefore relax the pathways for better blood flow.. That's right. Circulation. When your blood is able to supply more oxygen to your tissue (including your brain by the way), you realize more energy and mental awareness. Clarity is bliss they say. Or maybe it's just me. Anyway folks give it a try before bed to release the daily stresses and in the morning to grab a morning charge of oxygen.