Everybody knows that stretching is the premiere method of increasing one’s flexibility. This is an incredibly important exercise for gymnasts, fighters and many other classes of athletes.
But did you know that there are a great number of health benefits to stretching in addition to flexibility? The benefits of daily stretching are plentiful, and you don’t have to be an athlete to improve your life by stretching regularly.
Here are the basics of what you need to know about what stretching can do for you! It’s definitely more than you think! Keep reading, and we’ll explain why you need to be stretching every day!
Improved flexibility is not just a boon for athletes! Developing proper and healthy flexibility will allow you to perform day-to-day tasks easily and comfortably, and having a flexible form can even help to combat the reduced mobility that many experience upon getting older.
Stretching is especially important if you are someone who regularly engages in rigorous physical exercise! Working your muscles every day is a great thing to do, but you need to be careful not to work them too hard!
Regular stretching, both before and after rigorous physical exercise, will not only improve the benefits and gains you receive from your exercise but will also give your muscles essential, stress-relieving relaxation!
Pushing your muscles to the limit on a regular basis without allowing them to stretch and relieve tension can result in painful, long-term overtightening of muscles, decreasing your mobility, flexibility and range of motion.
Exercise without stretching can also terminate in the catastrophic deterioration of your body and actually cause you to lose your mobility at a far younger age than you would have without exercise at all!
Stretching regularly, strengthening specific muscle groups and improving overall muscular balance has been linked to good posture!
Why is posture important? Well, poor posture is a substantial contributing factor to long-term issues with the musculature and the skeleton; chronic pain in the back, shoulders, neck and various joints can all often be traced back to poor posture.
Improving your posture by stretching regularly can help to relieve and even eliminate chronic pains!
Physical And Mental Health
Everyday life can be incredibly stressful! Both the body and the mind pay serious tolls, depending on what you do for a living, and at the end of the day, you may often feel depleted, deflated, discouraged, upset and high-strung all at the same time! That can’t be good, right?
Right! We already mentioned that stretching can help to relieve you of the physical pain that accumulates from either overexertion or maintaining poor posture, but did you know that stretching has proven mental health benefits as well?
That’s right, folks, stretching does it all! Stretching is thought of by many to be a form of meditation in motion, a way to practice mindfulness and relaxation.
Also, it goes without saying that relieving yourself of physical pain will help to improve your mental state as well! I mean, who wouldn’t be less stressed out if all of their chronic pains gradually stopped hurting so much?
There you have it! Stretching will help you to develop flexibility, improve blood flow to your muscles, increase range of motion, amplify your exercise, keep you feeling young and make your moods better too!
There really isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t be stretching every single day!
Please don’t hesitate to get into stretching, starting now. But be careful not to bite off more than you can chew! Stretching underdeveloped muscles too far can result in serious injury! Your stretches should feel comfortable, not painful. It may take some time, but you can develop the proficiency in flexibility that you want, if you just stay dedicated!