Stretching is a great aid to maintaining a healthy body. It has many benefits that are reachable with consistent and meaningful effort. Some of these benefits include:
- Improved body flexibility
Whether you’re someone who is sprinting across a football field, performing a dance routine on stage or running around after your children, flexibility allows the body to function more easily.
- Improved circulation
Stretching is known to improve blood flow into the muscles. Blood is important for supplying the energy muscles need to function, and it is also responsible for providing the healing components needed to repair damaged tissue. More blood means improved performance and faster healing.
- Enhanced range of motion
Stretching opens up the joints and increases the range they can move through. Increased mobility allows muscles to more effectively and maintain the balance of the body.
- Reduced risk of injury
Warming up helps prepare the body for activity. This prepares the muscles to function better, stretch with less risk of tearing and improve overall performance.
- Better posture
Tight muscles can affect your natural posture, leading to overworked and achy joints and muscles. In some cases poor posture can affect your internal organs, limiting their normal function. Regular stretching is also beneficial for tackling muscle imbalances, preventing stiff and tight muscles and helping to maintain body alignment.
Daily stretching is a great way to prepare your body, not only of exercise, but for all the activities you ask your body to do on a daily basis.