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Enhance Your Life by Stretching

By Donna Stark

While you may think that stretching is only needed in the gym before and after your workouts, it's actually an extremely beneficial habit that should also be incorporated into your everyday routine. Whether it's something you do as soon as you wake up, throughout your workday, or before you call it quits and head to bed, taking the time to stretch and release the tension in your muscles can make quite a difference in both how you feel and move. So don't just save those stretches for the few times you are at the gym each week. There are too many health benefits you will be missing out on if you do. Take a look at a few of them below.

Improves Circulation

Stretching increases your blood flow and circulation, and helps to deliver oxygen and vital nutrients to every part of your body. This can help shorten your recovery time, reduce muscle soreness, and improve overall function in your body.

Boosts Energy

Because stretching increases your blood flow and provides a way for nutrients to get where they are needed, you will end up feeling more refreshed and energized than before. It's the perfect way to get through those long afternoons at work when you are feeling sluggish and unmotivated.

Improves Posture

Opening your body up and elongating your muscles during a stretch can have a positive impact on your posture. Stretching helps prevent your body from becoming accustomed to harmful positions and promotes increased muscle strength and proper alignment.  

Reduces Injuries

An easy way to reduce the likelihood of injuries is to prepare your muscles before physical activity. By warming your muscles up first with specific stretches, you can improve your mobility, flexibility, and range of motion during your workout or game.

Stretching Can Enhance Your Quality of Life

It's important to note that you have to listen to your body once you incorporate a new physical activity into your daily routine. Ease into your stretches slowly and don't force them past the point of slight discomfort. You certainly don't want to injure yourself by doing something that is supposed to make your life better. And if you aren't sure where to begin, a good starting point would be to ask your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic for some ideas. Taking the time to stretch properly is a great way to start, get through, and end your day! Are you ready to give it a try?

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bellevue, Wash.

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