5+ Benefits Of Stretching A lot of people want to get in and out of the gym as fast as possible. They see making stretching a normal part of their workout routine as a waste of precious time, or unnecessary to achieving their goals. Stretching, though, provides both the body and the mind with a range of amazing benefits you don’t want to miss. Here are just some of the reasons why you shouldn’t skip your stretch . Increased Range Of Motion And Flexibility The main reason people stretch is to increase their flexibility. Stretching regularly will reduce the tension in your muscles , making it easier for you to move through a full range of motion, and therefore less likely to sustain injuries during workouts or everyday life. It will also help you keep a healthy range of motion as you age, keeping your movements fluid and pain-free, so you can continue to live an active life. Increased Circulation If you’re feeling groggy or unfocused get up and move your muscles. Stretching increases blood flow throughout the body, bringing oxygen to your muscles and brain. This increases energy and focus and can even brighten your mood. Benefits Posture And Relieves Aches And Pains Often people with desk jobs sit hunched at their computers all day, and suffer from at least mild body pain, if not severe aches. That is because this posture puts pressure on nerves, reduces blood and air flow, and creates muscular imbalances. If you’re having trouble with improper posture, back or neck pain, or headaches, stretching might be the answer . Stretching lengthens your muscles, reduces tension, and increases circulation. Certain stretch routines can even correct those muscular imbalances that are causing your aches and pains. Relaxes Your Mind It’s not a coincidence that yogis are considered some of the most Zen people on Earth. The flow of a stretching routine or yoga class can be very calming as you connect your mind and body and enter a meditative state. A stretch routine also increases blood flow to the muscles and the brain, which leaves you physically more relaxed and less stressed. Eases Exercise Trainers recommend stretching before and after an exercise session . Many people ignore this advice because they feel they don’t need it, or it takes up too much time. But stretching before a workout gets blood flowing to your muscles, giving them the fuel, they need to get through the workout, and making all your movements much easier. Before your workout you should be doing dynamic stretches where you move your limbs through their full range of motion, without straining them. This will actively lengthen your muscles, and slowly warm up your muscles, joints and tendons to the work you’re about to do. After a workout you’ll want to do static stretches to cool down the muscles and prevent injury. The (extra) good news about all this is that you don’t have to take the time out of your busy schedule to get to the gym and do some stretching. You can clear some space in your home and do a routine while you watch your favourite TV show, get some stretching in right before you go to bed, or even take a timeout and do a few moves at your office chair. It’s not difficult or time-consuming and it can really do wonders for your body and mind! About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn