Use stretching as the bridge from inactive, sedentary living, to a more active lifestyle that involves physical challenges, and exercise. It is a great way to prime your body. Stretching is a great way of preventing injury, and feeling good. You will improve your over all physical performance by becoming more flexible, and limber. This will in turn encourage you to perform more challenging physical activity. Stretching is great for the abdominals .
If you do not have flexibility, you do not have the mobility that you need to do exercises through their full range of motion. This is important for the effectiveness of just about every exercise. You want to be able to move through the full range of motion on exercises like bodyweight squats, and push ups. It is the best way to get the most out of exercises. If you want to get in shape for skiing you better have some flexibility.
You still have to take precaution when you are stretching because you can strain muscles,and pull muscles. This is especially true if you are just starting to get physically active, and your body is not used to it. Experts say that you should stretch the muscles of the lower back because most people are weak in this area. I say that it is a great idea. When you are done stretching, the first thing that you should start doing are deadlifts. Get your lower back strong, and you will eliminate much of the risk of lower back injury.