6 Ways Stretching Improves Health
We broke down six different ways stretching can improve your health. Even if you don’t exercise frequently, or at all, everybody can benefit from stretching a few times a week. Continue reading to find out how stretching can make you feel better, physically and mentally!
Increased Athletic Performance
Sometimes, all of your focus goes into your exercise routine. If you skip stretching before and after your workout, your muscles are probably crying. Make sure you get your muscles warm before stretching. You can do this with simple bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, and jumping jacks. When you stretch, your muscles relax which leads to lengthening. Your muscles will be ready to increase engagement in your next workout!
Better Range of Motion
Stretching is proven to increase your range of motion. When muscles are inactive during a period of time, they lose their flexibility. With a better range of motion, you’ll have more control during your exercises and less risk of injury.
Stress is a contributor to major health issues like heart disease and diabetes. It can also cause more minor problems, like headaches. Taking the time to give yourself a mental break while stretching not only relaxes you but can potentially help you avoid more significant health problems. So sit down, take a deep breath, and take the weight of the world off your shoulders for a few minutes.
Decreased Risk of Injury
If your muscles are warmed up, stretching expands your muscle fibers and makes them less tight. Your muscles are less likely to be injured when they are loose and fluid. Because stretching also improves flexibility, your body will be able to handle more complex exercises with less chance of injury.
Tight and imbalanced muscles cause poor posture. Stretching can strengthen your body and get rid of tightness in specific areas. It is crucial to focus equal time on both sides of your body to reduce muscle imbalances.
When you’re sore, it is because your muscles worked harder than they usually do. Microscopic tears form in your muscles, causing discomfort. Essential nutrients are delivered to your muscles when you stretch because of the increased blood flow. Stretching can also decrease the risk of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. We all know the feeling of having a great workout than having to waddle up the stairs a couple of days later!