7 Amazing Results You Get from Stretching
Did you know stretching is just as important as regular exercise? It’s a healthy habit that really pays off – just check out some of the incredible benefits it provides.
- It increases your range of motion and flexibility
These are the most obvious benefits of stretching and usually the reasons why people begin a regular stretching program. When you stretch, your range of motion is enhanced which means your body will need less energy to make the same movements. Stretching also produces more flexible joints. This reduces the risk of injury from workouts and daily activities.
- It can prevent injury
From acute injuries like a pulled hamstring to overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis and IT band syndrome, being flexible can aid in the prevention of a variety of injuries. You’ll also benefit from stretching even if you’ve had an injury. Stretching delivers a greater nutrient supply to your muscles. This speeds up the recovery time for muscle and joint injuries.
- It improves your posture
Stretching corrects bad posture by keeping muscles loose and lengthening tight muscles. By stretching your shoulders, lower back, and chest muscles, you can keep your spine in better alignment. Aches and pains are also relieved during this process, resulting in a decreased desire to slouch.
- It provides stress relief
By loosening tight muscles, stretching helps your muscles relax and enhances blood flow. It also promotes the release of endorphins so you feel a sense of calm. Stretch in the morning to kick-start your day. Or, stretch before bedtime to experience a more restful sleep.
- It enhances your athletic performance
Regular stretching relaxes your muscles, making them more effective when you exercise or play sports. You’ll also have an advantage over athletes with a limited range of motion – you’ll be able to kick higher, reach further, pick up the ball easier, and more.
- It boosts your energy levels
Feeling yourself dozing off at the office in the late afternoon? Revitalize your energy levels by standing up and stretching. When you get tired, your muscles tighten which makes you feel even more sluggish. Moving your body and doing a few stretches will help awaken your mind and body so you can tackle the rest of your workday.
- It reduces soreness
Besides giving your muscles time to relax, stretching before and after you exercise increases blood flow which sends more nutrients to your muscles. This minimizes soreness after an intense workout.
Ready to start enjoying the benefits of stretching? Book a 1-on-1 physiotherapy session with Reshma Mehta. During your session, she will teach you the proper ways to stretch and create a personalized stretching plan, which you can do from home with minimal equipment.