Each morning most of us initially wake up with a nice stretch. However, we are not doing the proper amount of stretching that should be done daily. The benefits of stretching daily can reach past the scope of the day and benefit us several years from now as we age. As we get older the muscles in our body tighten, decreasing our range of motion. When we lack flexibility we are more susceptible to muscle tears and strains or other soft tissue injuries. Muscle inflexibility can also cause poor posture. Poor posture can put strains on other parts of the body as well as lead to nerve damage. Stretching can also relieve stress. The best way to prevent all of this is to do simple stretching every day. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds and repeat 1-2 times. Below is some simple stretches you can start your day out with.