One of the most beneficial things you can do for your body is stretch. This can be done daily for added benefits, but definitely focus on stretching before & after you exercise. Here are 8 reasons why:
- Increase circulation in your body – Aids in cell growth, organ function, and improves look of skin
- More flexibility in your joints – Improves performance and improves posture
- Lowers stress – Everyday is filled with added stress. One way to combat that is to stretch and relax, focus on your breathing, holding each stretch for 10-30 seconds.
- Reduce body aches and pains – Ever wake up sore in the morning even if you didn’t do anything physically grueling the day before? Stretching regularly can alleviate every day aches and pains.
- Better muscle coordination – Having better muscle coordination will help improve your overall coordination, and avoid injuries.
- Increased energy – By stretching regularly, you will increase your blood flow. Increasing your blood flow will give you more natural energy, so you’ll rely less on artificial energy from sources like caffeine.
- Increase your range of motion – Increasing your range of motion will help lower your risk of injury and make it easier to complete day to day activities.
- Lower risk of injury – Being more flexible, with a wider range of motion, you’ll lower your risk of injury every day, including when you are exercising. Having an injury due to exercise can put you on the side line for a long period of time, flushing all your hard work and goals down the drain.
Anytime that you are going to start an exercise routine, it’s best to consult your physician. Make sure to stretch all of your major muscle groups before and after exercising. Hold each stretch for 10-30 seconds and focus on your breathing. Don’t stretch the muscle to the point of pain though. If you do not have a regular exercise routine, try stretching for 30 minutes a day, 3 times per week. You can use stretching as a way to work into a more regular, more strenuous workout routine.