Updated: Feb 7
Stretching and it's benefits.
There are many benefits to regular
stretching. Not only can stretching help increase your flexibility, which is an important factor of fitness, but it can also improve your posture, reduce stress and body aches, and more.
Increase your flexibility.
Regular stretching can help increase your flexibility, which is great for your overall health. Not only does better flexibility help with everyday activities, it can also delay the decreased mobility that comes with aging, adding quality to your later years.
Increase your range of motion.
More freedom of motion comes with being able to move a joint through it's full range of movement. Stretching regularly will help with this.
Both static and dynamic stretching are effective methods.
Improve performance in physical activity.
Performing dynamic stretches before physical activity has shown to prepare your muscles for more strenuous movements. It may also improve your performance in an exercise class or athletic event.
Increase blood flow to your muscles.
Stretching daily can increase blood flow and improve circulation. Better blood flow to your muscles can reduce recovery time after physical activity and reduce the effects of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
Muscle imbalance is very common and can lead to poor posture which in turn can lead to pain and longer term back issues. Luckily a study has found that a combination of strengthening and stretching muscle groups can reduce musculoskeletal pain and correct muscle imbalance. That in turn can help you feel much more comfortable.
Help reduce and prevent back pain.
Tight muscle can reduce your range of motion. When this happens you are more likely to strain the muscles in your back. Gentle stretching can help the recovery of an existing back issue.
Having a good daily stretching routine can help prevent future injuries by strengthening the back muscles making them less vulnerable to strain.
Improved stress relief.
When you experience stress there is damn good chance you that your muscles are tense. Your muscles are programmed to tighten up in response to physical and emotional stress. Focus on the areas of tension that you hold stress most, typically these are the shoulders, neck, and upper back.
Calm your mind.
Participating in a daily stretching routine not only helps your flexibility but it also calms the mind. While you stretch pair it with some mindfulness and meditation techniques, these can all give your mind a well needed break.
Decrease tension headaches.
Tension and stress headaches can make daily life difficult, and even stop you going about your daily business, paired with proper hydration, good sleep, proper rest stretching may help reduce the tension that can lead to these headaches.
Holding a stretch in a comfortable position for a period of time. Usually between 10 - 30 seconds. This type of stretching is most useful after physical exercise.
Movements that cause your muscles to stretch. But the stretch isn't held in the end position. These movements are usually performed before exercise to get your body ready for physical activity.