Stretching is important to your health for a number of reasons. It enables you to exercise properly and avoid injury to tendons, muscles, and ligaments. It increases alertness and wakefulness by stimulating part of the brain.
Look at what a cat does, for example, when it first awakens from a cat nap. The stretch they do stimulates countless nerves in the spine to awaken connections that help them coordinate their movements.
I met Mr. Tom Berg through my work in the clinic. He is an intense lifelong athlete, competitive with life itself to live it to the fullest extent possible. His stretching workout is excellent. I have some of his DVDs here in the clinic, and I highly recommend them, especially for seniors or those whose busy lifestyles do not allow them to exercise as much as they'd like.
Here are his own words:
While my experience as a college athlete, a student assistant coach, certified personal trainer and long-time Tai Chi practitioner lend credibility to this project, perhaps more valuable contributory factors are my recovery from numerous injuries and conditions, the attention that I paid to my body during recovery, how the professionals treated my injuries and how I marshaled that experience in development of the Synergy Stretch. The fact that I'm a senior and still not the most limber guy in the room and genuinely believe in what I do seems to increase the comfort level in my classes compared to a twenty-something who starts a stretching class by turning into a pretzel and expecting others to follow.