Stretching – Your way to Health
It is the best warm up exercise. Stretching is an important part of fitness.
It can improve your flexibility, increase blood circulation, and calm your mind. Stretching may help avoid injuries and illness, as well as bring on a better night’s sleep.
Some of the advantages-
Paired with a healthy diet, stretching exercises can help reduce cholesterol in the body. This could prevent and even reverse the hardening of arteries, helping avoid heart diseases.
Stretching exercises have powerful stress-busting abilities. Stretching soon after waking up can help jump-start the mind and body and increase blood flow. It directly before bed will even give you a more comfortable sleeping experience.
Stretching the muscles of the lower back, chest and shoulders. This can help keep the spine in better alignment and improve overall posture by relieving aches and pains. With reduced pain, there is a reduced desire to hunch or slouch.
The most established and obvious benefit of stretching is improving flexibility and range of motion. An effective flexibility training program can improve your physical performance and help reduce your risk of injury.
It loosens your muscles and tendons which relieves muscle fatigue and increases blood flow. The longer you exercise the more energy you burn. With stretching, you can delay the onset of muscle fatigue by ensuring oxygen is efficiently flowing through your blood, thereby increasing your endurance.
Decreases risk of injury
It will help to supply a greater nutrient supply to muscles, thereby reducing muscle soreness and helping to speed recovery from muscle and joint injuries.
Improve energy levels
Staying awake during your long working day is a trouble. Muscles tighten when we get tired and that makes us feel even more lethargic, so feel free to stand up and do some stretches. It will help you to quickly and efficiently revitalize your energy levels.
Promotes blood circulation
It increases blood flow to the muscles. Not only will this help reduce post-workout soreness and shorten recovery time, but it will improve overall health. Greater blood circulation helps promote cell growth and organ function. The heart rate will also lower as it needs to pump less thus making blood pressure consistent & relaxed.
Improve athletic performance
If your muscles are already contracted because you haven’t stretched, then they will be less effective during exercise. Regular stretching will relax all of your muscles and therefore enable them to be more available during exercise.
Stretching before and after a workout gives your muscles time to relax. Increases in blood flow increase nutrient supply to the muscles and relieve soreness in the muscles after a workout.