There is a reason that stretching is a mandatory activity before and after a workout, but it’s not just for ramping up or cooling down! In fact, there are a plethora of benefits to regular stretching. We’ve compiled a list of our top four reasons to put in some stretching time every day:
This is the most obvious benefit. Increasing your range of motion can actually improve your physical performance. If you want to run that 10k, you better believe that stretching will help you get there! Essentially, stretching over time allows your body to be able to make the same movements with less energy, thus allowing you to focus that energy elsewhere in your exercise.
Most of us lead relatively sedentary lives. Whether we droop at our desk, or slouch on the couch, our posture could probably use an overhaul. Stretching lengthens tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their intended position and keeps them loose. With this in mind, 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.
Yes, you read that correctly! Regularly stretching loosens your muscles and tendons, we have established that. But an incredible side-effect of this is that this loosening acts to relieve muscle fatigue and increase blood flow. More exercise typically means more fatigue, but stretching delays this effect by ensuring oxygen is efficiently flowing through your blood, meaning you can work out without having to tap out.
Decreases Risk of Injury.
Increased blood flow means an increased nutrient supply to muscles and nutrients are always good! When your muscles are getting what they need, it reduces soreness and helps to speed recovery from muscle and joint injuries. In order to fully reap the benefits of this, it’s important to stretch before and after a workout in order to give your muscles time to relax. Regularly stretch and you will be actively lessening the likelihood of injuries acquired during workouts or during daily activities.
So there you have it, better flexibility, improved posture, increased stamina, and more potential for your workouts. Know that you’ve realized how important stretching is, the next step is determining what stretches will best benefit you and your lifestyle. That’s where we come in. Give us a call today and let’s get building your best self.