Numerous studies support the short- and long-term benefits of various types of stretching, including
static stretching, dynamic stretching, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), just to name a few.
Here are 10 reasons why you should be stretching on a regular basis.
When combined with mindful breathing
Reduced pain and stiffness
Excessive muscular tension can increase discomfort throughout the body.
Studies have shown that regularly performing static stretching can help to decrease stiffness, reduce pain levels, (especially in individuals with chronic neck or low-back pain).
May even assist to reduce the frequency and severity of muscle cramps.
Regularly performing stretching exercises, such as PNF stretching, static stretching, and stretches from mind-body disciplines such as yoga.
Help’s to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate, counteracting the body’s physiological responses to stress and muscular tension.
Enhanced range of motion
Self-myofascial releasing using a foam roller can help to enhance the unrestricted movement of the major joints of the body.
This includ key areas that are designed to be mobile, such as the hips and shoulders.
As a result of poor posture, repetitive movement patterns,
improper body mechanics, and spending long periods of time seated, muscles in the body can become chronically tense, tight and contracted, causing them to become less strong and supple.
Regular stretching utilizing a variety of flexibility training techniques helps to improve overall function by ensuring that the body can more effectively respond to the stresses imposed by various types of movement and activity.
May reduce risk of injury
Dynamic stretches are often used as part of a warm-up to help increase core body temperature and functionally
prepare the body for the movements that are to come.
As a result, stretching is often considered an important part of injury prevention,
as cold muscles and tendons in the body have a greater likelihood of rupture, strain or sprain.
When included as part of a well-rounded fitness routine, regular flexibility training, which includes dynamic stretching, can help enhance agility, power, speed and muscular strength.
Improved blood flow and circulation
Regular flexibility training can help to improve blood flow and circulation, thereby allowing for the enhanced transportation of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body.
Minimized wear and tear on joints
When muscles become chronically tight and tense, opposing muscles become weakened, producing unnecessary wear and tear on various joint and structures within the body.
Regular stretching helps to ensure the muscles on each side of a joint maintain an equal degree of pull so that the joint is able to move freely and efficiently in all directions, allowing for optimal movement and less stress on the body.
Improved quality of life
Although there are physiological changes that occur as we grow older, regularly stretching and performing range of motion exercises can improve flexibility at any age,
helping to increase longevity and enhance overall quality of life.
Stretching for some working out, to finishing a workout