What are the benefits of stretching?

Prepares your body for exercise — Stretching loosens your muscles and ligaments and increases blood flow to the body to help it get more oxygen during the workout.
Increases mobility — Not only will stretching give you better mobility in your workout, but it also improves mobility and flexibility in everyday life, especially as you age.
Decreases the risk of Injury — Stretching has been proven to reduce your risk of muscle strains, ligament sprains, joint damage and other painful injuries.
Relieves Stress – Even when you aren’t exercising, stretching has been linked to reduced mental stress levels.