5 Amazing Benefits Of Stretching Regularly
What’s the easiest way to excel in something? The answer is to be well
prepared. The same theory applies to the human body as well, and when it
comes to fitness, preparation is also known as stretching. Diving into your workout without stretching the body can do more harm than good. Stretching your body makes you flexible, reduces the risk of injury, and it also helps to release tension from the body. It’s basic knowledge that stretching is a must
before & after a workout, but here are some insane unknown benefits of
stretching that you might not be aware of:
Stretching Improves Your Posture
If you’re working a desk job every day for 8-10 hours, and then spend another
2-3 hours binge-watching your favorite show, well, you’re not alone. But here’s the thing, a recent study showed that when we spend long hours in a
suboptimal position, certain muscles in our body begin to shrink. Have you developed a poor posture due to your lifestyle? If yes, what’s the solution?
Stretching is the answer to your problem.
Experts suggest that stretching in the morning improves your blood flow,
loosens up your tight muscles and increases your body awareness, which helps maintain a good body posture and allows you to start your day on a relaxed note.
Here are a few morning stretches for a good posture:
- Child’s Pose
- Standing Forward Fold
- Standing Cat-Cow
- High Plank
- Downward Facing Dog
- Thoracic Spine Rotation
It Helps Reduce Stress
stretching is a good way to loosen your muscles, which further helps release stress from the body.
Stress restricts blood flow, causing tension in your muscles and lower back.
Stretching activates the receptors in our nervous system that help fight stress hormones. The secret is to stretch specific muscles that store tension, such as the lower back, shoulders, and neck.
Stretching Makes Sleeping Enjoyable
When stretching your focus shifts to the body, clearing the mind, it also releases endorphins. Several studies have shown that stretching right before bed makes the sleeping experience more relaxed & enjoyable. But how does stretching improve the quality of sleeping? Well, when we stretch we’re focusing on our breathing pattern & body, and while doing so we let go of all the stressors of the day.
Here are a few stretches you should add to your night routine:
- Bear Hug
- Neck Stretches
- Kneeling Lat Stretch
- Child’s Pose
- Low Lunge
- Seated Forward Bend
- Reclining Bound Angle Pose
It Reduces Body Pain & Stiffness
Do you experience stiffness in the body and struggle with sore muscles after a
rough workout session? The reason behind the discomfort is your tense, tight
and overworked muscles. Recent studies have shown that static stretching is
an effective way to relieve the body of stiffness.
(Static stretching is usually performed right after a workout session. It involves
stretches that hold you in one place for a period of time without movement,
allowing your muscles to loosen up.)
Stretching Fights Anxiety
Anxiety doesn’t discriminate based on age, color, and sex, and in recent years,
we’ve seen a worrisome growth in the levels of anxiety people face in their
everyday life. Experts believe that stretching might not be the complete
the solution to fight anxiety, but it’s definitely a healthy start.
Stretching releases feel-good hormones and allows the body to enter a state of peace & harmony with the mind. As stretching helps reduce stress, it simultaneously also reduces anxiety or gives you enough strength to process it with a calm mind.
Just like other physical activities, execution is key. In order to enjoy the perks of stretching, you have to follow the right breathing pattern, posture, and several other aspects that are vital for maximum benefits. So, if you’re new to this,
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Stretch the muscles, and keep yourself fit & lit at all times!
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