Five Benefits of Stretching Regularly
Stretching – Good for Body and Mind
While it’s easy to say we know that regular stretching is very beneficial to our health, it’s also easy to skip this step in our exercise routines or daily life schedules. Whether you’re an athlete or someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle, it’s important to remember to do a little stretching – everyone can benefit from it, regardless of age, gender, or level of physical fitness.
A quick review of the benefits of stretching might help motivate you to not skip this important activity!
Stretching to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Chance of Injury
It’s widely known that stretching improves general flexibility. Stretching lengthens the muscles, which has the added benefit of increasing the range of motion in your joints. And when your joints and muscles are able to move through their full range of motion, you may be decreasing your chance of injury.
More Energy, Please!
Adding in a few stretches to your routine can also lead to improved circulation and blood flow throughout not only the muscles, but the entire body. This can, in turn, provide you with more energy throughout your day. That’s something we can definitely all benefit from!
Stretching Relieves Tension
Stretching can also counteract tension from exercise. When we exercise, this can put stress and tension on our muscles. There is some question as to whether stretching can actually prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), but providing better blood flow to the muscles after strenuous exercise can help bring nutrients and oxygen where it’s needed, as well as help remove toxins and other waste materials.
Stretch and Lengthen
Another great benefit of stretching is improved posture. This is especially important if you sit at a desk or in a car for long periods of time on a regular basis. Over time, lower back muscles can become weak and shortened, and upper back muscles can start to shorten as well, resulting in slouched shoulders. These issues can be more difficult to correct the longer they are left to progress, so adding a few basic stretches can keep your back feeling flexible, help you stand tall and feel better while doing so!