The Healthy Benefits of Stretching

When it comes to working out, we’re usually ready to get to it. By the time we finally get ourselves going, we want to get straight to the workout before we lose motivation. For this reason, many of us are often tempted to skip one of the most important parts of the workout...the stretch. Stretching is by far the most beneficial and underutilized part of your daily routine. The benefits of maintaining a good stretching habit are far and wide. Check out these great reasons for adding a little stretching to your daily exercise routine.

Flexibility

This is the most obvious reason to stretch. Regular stretching allows your muscles and tendons to release tension and build a greater range of motion. Ultimately that means less aches and pains and a smaller chance for injury. Greater flexibility also allows your body to complete its workout with greater efficiency, making for an overall better exercise experience. Skipping this step will keep you stiff, tight, and full of tension that can easily be eliminated through a simple stretch.

Blood Flow

Stretching invites the blood in your body to flow more freely. In essence, it creates better circulation. As you already know, good circulation is vital to keeping every part of your body strong and healthy. Without healthy circulation, parts of the body can suffer major consequences. Sometimes after you stretch, you might feel a tingling sensation. This tingling is blood circulating to the area, which promotes self healing and overall health. If you don’t feel the tingling, don’t fret. You’re still doing amazing things for your circulation and body by stretching it out.

Posture

Your posture is more important than you probably realize. Bad posture leads to pain, bone deformities, pulled muscles, and misalignments of the spine. Stretching helps to prevent all of these by aiding your body in maintaining good posture. The increased range of motion that comes with the stretch, helps the joints and ligaments hold you up more efficiently without the aches and pains that cause you to slouch. While it may take a while to see habitual good posture, with consistency you’ll find yourself practicing some of the best posture of your life.

While skipping the stretch may be tempting, force yourself to pick up and keep the habit. For the best results, stretch both before and after your workout. Pretty soon you’ll experience the many benefits and find yourself in better overall shape. No matter what your fitness goal is, stretching can help you get there faster.

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