When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining that, the first two things that come to mind are usually good diet and good exercise, but something that lots of us tend to forget in that broad exercise umbrella is stretching! Sure, stretching might not feel like a world-changing or impact making thing to do, but trust me, if you don’t do your stretches properly, you won’t be able to get as much benefit from your other exercises. Here are 6 reasons to stretch every day.
If you feel yourself starting to slow down or fatigue in the afternoon, then a quick session of stretching can really help to wake you up and make you feel completely refreshed and ready to keep going. The act of stretching increases your blood flow, and the includes the flow to your brain which will lead to you being more stimulated.
A recent study has shown that people who commit to stretching every day are much more stable in their coordination and balance, and are therefore less likely to trip and fall if they happen to be caught off guard. The more you stretch, the more you fine tune your muscles.
3. Less Pain
Stretching is great for anyone who has a job that involves sitting down at a desk for the majority of the day. The act of manipulating your muscles in certain ways can relieve stiff muscles and creaky joints, and make you much less likely to develop pains in vital work environment areas of your body.
It’s as simple as this, the more you stretch, the more flexible you will be! Just like anything else, the more you use your muscles, the more responsive and adaptive they become, so stretching every day will result in your body becoming much more supple, with a better range of motion and increased durability.
5. Injury Prevention
You are always advised to do stretches before and after a work out because waking your muscles up in that way can help to prevent any major injuries from happening. To have your body warmed up before you launch in to anything extensive is a vital part of working out that too many people ignore.
6. Less Stress
The more relaxed and unwound your muscles, the more relaxed and unwound your mind will be! Any little niggles that are caused by tightness and stiffness in your body can really build up to effect your mental healthy if you leave them un-stretched for too long.