Some of my biker friends don’t stand up straight when they walk. Their hamstrings are so big and tight that they never straighten out to their “natural” length. The hamstrings then pull down on the lower back and my friends walk like polar bears. The whole point of static stretching is to get your muscles to return to their natural length. In an earlier post, I mentioned that many trainers (including Alison) say that dynamic stretching is the best way to start a training session. They also tend to agree that static stretching is the best way to end a training session. By stretching the muscles back to normal, you can relieve pressure and improve your balance and posture. You can stand up straight for once which is bound to make your mother proud of you.