Importance Of Stretching
Stretching is so important for you, but people don’t seem to rave over it that much. I understand that people doing yoga may stretch more than the average person, but the average person still needs to do their own stretches. Yes, that means you. I guarantee you’ll feel a lot better once you incorporate stretches into your daily life.
Stretching allows the body to warm up for the day. Have you noticed the first thing animals do when they awaken? They stretch! From their head to their toes, they make sure to extend every muscle. How about babies? Have you notices babies stretch the second they open their eyes? It’s not a coincidence that toddlers rarely ever experience cramps. Preparing your muscles beforehand helps keep them strong and healthy!
Unfortunately, people don’t understand how necessary it is for a healthy lifestyle. Many people feel older than what they truly are. The chances of pulling a muscle, straining something, or damaging tissues increase if you do not stretch. (Pretty scary, huh?)Most people stop participating in physical activity after high school, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Once we become active again, our bodies will adapt and become strong. Since there are many benefits of stretching daily, why not get started today?
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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing.”
-George Bernard Shaw
How Does Stretching Reduce Your Risk Of Injury?
Try this: Compare your muscle to a rubber band. If you pulled the rubber band apart quickly, it would snap. On the flipside, if you pulled it apart little by little, it would stretch and be able to handle a longer pull.
That’s exactly how our muscles work! When we stretch, they are capable of handling more activities. But when you neglect to stretch, it becomes easy to pull, injure, or break something in our bodies. If you want your body to function correctly for a long time, you have to give it a good stretch!
How Does Stretching Warm Up The Body?
Almost everything you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your entire day. This includes: stretching. By stretching, you’re preparing your body for all the twists and turns you’ll have to do that day. If you’re tired of experiencing random pains, maybe it’s time to begin stretching.
Can you imagine what life was like before cars? Humans had no choice but to walk everywhere (or ride an animal which requires much more strength). How about if danger suddenly appeared? It would be a full-fledged fight or flight mode. Unfortunately, some people struggle just to get in and out of their car now. Don’t let that be you.
What about you? How would you feel if you had to sprint an entire block (just one street to another) right now? I know it’s a bit unnecessary, but it can quickly show you where your stamina is at.
Does Stretching Reduce The Pains After Exercise?
Yes! We can actually hurt ourselves if we do not stretch before exercising. It happened to me! I kept having a pain in my foot when I would bend it. After dealing with the pain for a few days, I went to the doctor. The solution was simple: Stretch!
By preparing your body is for physical exercise, it will be easier to live with soreness afterward.
Is It True Stretching Eliminates Cramps?
For the most part, yes. Muscle cramps are so painful they can even wake you up out of your sleep! There was a period of time when I constantly suffered from leg cramps. I wish I knew the power of stretching back then! However, you shouldn’t have to worry about cramps when you begin stretching and staying hydrated every day.
Can Stretching Help Me Become More Flexible?
Absolutely! Have you ever seen an older person walk extremely stiff? Although it can be more multiple reasons, I guarantee one of them is due to lack of stretching. The body can begin to stiffen and feel painful to stretch.
But not you right? You’re going to have a healthy body when you become older because you’re going to begin stretching regularly. It will help make life more enjoyable because you won’t have to strain just to pick up a pencil. I want you to enjoy the latter years of your life and keep up with those grandchildren who have so much energy!
Here’s A Big One: Stretching Relieves Stress
Are you tired of dealing with all the stress life throws your way? Are you sick of experiencing the constant headaches? Save your money and stop buying pain pills because stretching can be your new free stress reliever!
When stress strikes, your body plummets into fight or flight mode. It tenses up your body and causes your breathing to be short and narrow. Because it’s a wonderful way to force the body to relax, stretching combats stress and helps you remain calm.
Did you know? Exposure to long term stress negatively impacts almost every area of our body. It can cause backaches, headaches, shortness of breath, a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, and so much more. You’re definitely worth a few stretches in the morning!
Make A Plan
Decide to stretch at least once a day (or many times a day). You can do it before your feet ever hit the ground. Lay in bed for a few minutes and experience a good s t r e t c h. Stretching feels great and I guarantee that you’ll enjoy it.
Start small and then make small increases. You can take 30-second breaks from work to stretch your muscles. Don’t underestimate the importance of keeping your muscles active. You need them to last for your whole life.
How will you begin to add stretching to your daily routine? Are there any stretches that you consider your favorite? Please, let me know in the comments below!
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