Stretching might not feel like a big deal at first since the result it delivers is not visible right away. One might also think that it’s only for runners or gymnasts. But the reality is that we all need to stretch regularly. Stretching improves our flexibility and range of motion while protecting us from injuries.
Stretching is a stress buster
When stress starts to build up in our body, our muscles contract and we feel tense and uneasy. This has a negative impact on our mind and body. Stretching exercises have powerful stress-busting abilities to loosen tight muscles and release endorphins that help our mind and body to feel positive. It also helps us to sleep better at night.
Makes us more flexible
Stretching improves our range of motion, which helps us to be more flexible. By lengthening our tight muscles, it pulls areas of the body away from their intended position and loosens our muscles. With this improved flexibility, our posture improves and our body needs less energy to perform any movement, releasing pain and aches.
Improves our stamina
When we stretch, our body relieves muscle fatigue and increases blood flow. With increased blood flow we get more oxygen as well, which delays the onset of muscle fatigue. That is how stretching improves our stamina.
Having a tiring day at work? Feeling sleepy? Get up and stretch! Normally when we are tired from sitting around for a longer period of time, our muscles tightens and we feel sluggish. Stretching will relax your muscles and you will receive an instant boost of energy.
Minimize workout sores
Stretching before and after a workout gives our body the time it needs to relax. The increased blood flow due to stretching ensures increased nutrient supply to the muscles, helping to minimize soreness after a workout.
Less risk of injury
Stretching relaxes our muscles which gives us a wider range of motion and increased flexibility. So, our movements during a workout or any physical activity become much easier and more fluid, which helps with injury prevention.