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It's Time to Stretch!

By Donna Stark

Chances are, you have been told more than once that your body needs to be stretched in the morning, before physical activity, or at the end of the day, haven't you? But have you ever wondered why? I mean, really wonder why. It's easy to see that stretching can warm your muscles up and ease their tightness, but those aren't the only two benefits you can get from doing so. Take a look at a few more reasons why stretching should be incorporated into your daily routine below.

Promotes Optimal Development

If you are trying to strengthen and build specific muscles you need to stretch! Stretching helps to elongate muscles and increases their range of motion. This is critical for optimal development of the body.

Enhances Athletic Performance

By increasing range of motion and flexibility, stretching can have a positive impact on your overall athletic performance. You may be able to swing smoother, kick higher, lift more, and hit farther. Also, if you stretch before physical activity, you can reduce the risk of injury and if you stretch after, you can reduce the risk of post-exercise aches and pains.

Supports Proper Blood Flow

Muscles and joints need oxygen and nutrients to function at an optimal level, and the only way to get them is through your blood. Stretching helps to warm up your muscles and encourages proper blood flow and circulation throughout your body.

Reduces Body Pain

If you are experiencing low back pain, neck discomfort, or frequent headaches, daily stretching may be your solution! Stretching your muscles can ease the tension and strain that are causing so many issues in your overall health and wellness.

Improves Sleep

By reducing tension, alleviating pain, and relaxing the muscles in your body, you could be looking at better nights of sleep! If you struggle to fall or stay asleep, go to bed a few minutes earlier and incorporate some stretching exercises into your nightly routine.

Encourages Proper Posture

Short, tight muscles can wreak havoc on your posture. They can pull your shoulders forward and your spine out of alignment. By stretching the muscles in your lower back, shoulders, and chest, you will be able to notice a difference in your posture in no time!

What Time Is It? It's Time to Stretch!

Now that you know a few more reasons why stretching is so important, are you ready to incorporate more of it into your days? You may be surprised by how much of a difference it makes in your life!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Sacramento, Calif.

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