Incorporating stretching into your daily workouts can bring many benefits.
In fact, stretching is important – if not essential – for flexibility, range of motion and injury prevention. That’s why it’s always recommended to stretch before an intense workout session.
Stretching relaxes and warms your muscles, which is necessary to increase blood flow and nutrients to your cartilage and muscles.
So, here are 7 benefits of stretching.
1. INCREASES STAMINA
The longer you exercise, the more you burn, and – obviously – the more you feel tired.
Actually, it’s easier to feel tired if you’re not breathing correctly. That’s why stretching a little bit, will make sure you last longer during workouts – with stretching, you ensure oxygen is efficiently flowing through your blood.
2. ENABLES FLEXIBILITY
This one might sound too obvious, but stretching more and more every day, your muscles will get used to being so tight, that they will elongate – even making you taller!
3. FORTIFIES POSTURE
Stretching the muscles of the lower back, chest, and shoulders can help keep the spine in better alignment and improve overall posture by relieving aches and pains.
Also, with reduced pain, you’ll be less likely to hunch or slouch.
4. IMPROVE ENERGY LEVELS
By improving your range of motion, your body requires less energy to make the same movements, so you’ll have more energy throughout the rest of the day.
Plus, you will have more flexible joints thus lessening the likelihood of injuries during the workout – or during your daily activities.
5. REDUCES CHOLESTEROL
Paired with a healthy diet, stretching every time you workout – I hope something close to daily – can help reduce cholesterol in the body.
This could also prevent the hardening of arteries, helping avoid heart diseases.
6. MAKES YOU FEEL HAPPIER
Stress often causes your muscles to contract, making you feel tense and uneasy.
As you probably know, the movement of the body and our mind are strictly connected.
In other words, if you’re happy, your body is relaxed, and vice versa. So if your muscles are contracted, this will affect your mood.
Stretching soon after waking up can help jump-start the mind and body. Try! You might be surprised by the results!
7. DECREASES RISK OF INJURY
Stretching will help to supply a greater nutrient supply to muscles, reducing muscle soreness and helping to speed recovery from muscle and joint injuries.
As you could read, stretching is both important for the body and for the mind, so what are your excuses now? Do you stretch daily? For how long do you stretch? Let me know in the comments!