Top 5 benefits of stretching
I love stretching! In my opinion, stretching is highly underrated, which is why I decided to share the top 5 benefits of stretching with you. People often believe that stretching is something done by athletes or active people before/after a work-out, but do not realize that stretching has many benefits for people of all ages and activity levels and should be a part of everyone’s exercise and daily routine.
Flexibility is one of the four main measures of overall fitness, in addition to aerobic, muscular and body composition. Stretching is the main way to increase your flexibility. Flexibility is the degree that a specific muscle will lengthen. As we get older, our muscles tend to get shorter and tighter, thereby reducing our flexibility. This makes us more susceptible to tendon, muscle and joint injury.
2. Increases circulation
Stretching increases blood flow and supply of nutrients to muscles, while removing waste byproducts. This is important, for example, after a work-out where stretching helps reduce the soreness we often feel post-exercise. Increased circulation is also important in speeding up recovery after muscle or joint injuries.
3. Improves balance and coordination
Stretching is effective in increasing range of motion in joints, which helps us maintain better balance and coordination, thereby reducing falls and injury (especially important as you age).
4. Alleviates lower back pain
Many people suffer from chronic low back pain, which often has a very simple solution… stretching! Stiff and tight muscles in the lower back, hamstrings, hips and buttocks is one of the most common causes of lower back pain. Stretching helps reduce the pain and strengthen the muscles that contribute to our posture. Proper posture=no pain.
5. Reduces stress
Stress causes your muscles to become tense. Stretching exercises have an ability to reduce tension in muscles associated with stress. Since everyone has some degree of stress in their lives, stretching is a wonderful and easy things we can do to reduce stress.
For some stretching do’s and dont’s-
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