Stretching is just not a precursor to “real” exercise, or a postgame formality. Stretching allows us to slow down and tune into our bodies in a way no other movement does.
You know you have to. The longer you put it off, the harder it will get. No, you can’t just skip it. Your mother tells you. Your doctor tells you. The internet tells you. Sometimes it seems like the world is telling you: stretch yourself before you wreck yourself. So how is it you’re here again?—exhausted, splayed out over the floor, resistance band cast off to the side and forgotten like the refuse from a dissipated storm.