Stretching after exercise helps return the muscles that have been worked to their normal size. You can also improve flexibility during the cool down stretches by developing the muscles.
Depending on what you’re trying to achieve you should perform maintenance or developmental stretches during the cool down. Maintenance Stretches should be used to return the muscles to their normal size and Developmental Stretches should be used to increase your range of movement.
Cool Down Stretches
Cool Down Stretches can often be overlooked, this can be very dangerous and will increase the risk of injury. You only need to spend ten minutes performing cool down stretches to see improvements.