We all know stretching is a great way to increase flexibility and ease muscle soreness, but what about adding it to our daily routines? The average person typically spends half their day sitting, putting them at higher risk of developing long-term disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. Not only can stretching benefit your overall health, but it can tighten the muscles in your hip flexors, promoting better posture all around. Even dedicating as little as 5-10 minutes a day to stretching can make a difference.
Don’t Forget to Stretch
Daily stretching can benefit the body by increasing your range of motion and performance ability in other physical activities. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, regardless of whether or not you exercise regularly.
Following are some of the most important benefits of stretching:
- Minimizes headaches – When you consciously think about your breathing and incorporate it into your stretching, it can help alleviate headaches and migraines. Slow stretches and breaths can calm you down and release the stress that’s contributing to your headache.
- Improved energy – If you’re someone who is constantly groggy, taking a break to stretch can increase the circulation of blood to various parts of the body. This aids in releasing endorphins, which is a great way to start or end your day.
- Prevents injury – Greater blood flow also helps promote cell growth, as well as organ function. Stretching before and after a workout routine can boost nutrients to your muscles, promoting quicker recovery time from injuries or muscle soreness.
- Therapeutic effects – Stretching can be a relaxing meditative technique, reducing the effects of anxiety and stress. Many experience this therapeutic effect by inhaling more slowly during stretches or through the practice of yoga.
- Helps arthritic pain – Inactivity in the muscles can be a major factor in muscle tightening and loss of flexibility. This can lead to more serious health risks such as tears, sprains, and aches in both your muscles and joints. Stretching loosens your joints and warms your muscles, promoting the healing process.
When to Avoid Stretching
Although stretching holds numerous health benefits, not every individual can safely implement a daily stretching routine. If you have a joint sprain, your ligaments are most likely overstretched, and stretching the troubled is could make it worse. In addition, if you have a severe muscle strain or bone fracture, stretching injuries can hinder the healing process and further displace the bone or muscle. If you want to know more about adding stretches to your daily lifestyle, speak with one of our qualified physicians by contacting us online.
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