Most of us know to stretch before working out to warm up our muscles. Stretching prior to working out allows your muscles to loosen up and gives you the ability to withstand the impact of the activity you choose to do. Some additional benefits to stretching are increasing your flexibility, managing stress and improving your posture. When you’re stretching, focus on the major areas of your body that help with mobility, such as your calves, hamstrings, hip flexors, and quadriceps. Always hold each stretch for 30 seconds and avoid bouncing if possible. Try to incorporate static stretching into your daily routine and watch how your body reacts.
Top 6 Benefits of Stretching
- Increase flexibility- The more you move your joints, the more range of motion you’ll have. A flexible body improves overall performance by creating more energy-efficient movements.
- Manage stress- Stretched muscles hold less tension & can help you feel less stressed.
- Improve posture– Stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulders and chest helps keep your back in better alignment.
- Promote blood circulation- Stretching increases blood supply to your muscles and joints, which brings nutrient transportation throughout the entire body.
- Reduce risk of injury- The more you stretch your muscles the less likely your body will be prone to injury due to the increase of range of motion.
- Decreases the risk of low-back pain– Flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors and muscles attached to the pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine, which in turn reduces your risk of low-back pain.