It’s a known fact that exercising is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sadly, one part of regular exercising that is too often put on the back burner is stretching. Stretching can easily be incorporated into your daily routine and/or your regular work out and is a key aspect to class workouts like pilates and yoga.
Many patients we treat are experiencing injuries that could have been avoided or minimized by proper stretching and stretching is an essential part to our corrective treatment program.
There are several benefits to adding stretching into your workout:
- Increased Circulation: Stretching has been proven to increase circulation when practiced on a regular basis. During stretching exercises, there is an increase in blood flow, nutrients, and oxygen throughout the body. Not only does this aid in muscle recovery, but it also increases your body’s overall health.
- Increased Range of Motion: Stretching has been proven to increase range of motion and this is great for your joints! Healthy joints means that you can keep active, have better balance, and become less vulnerable to future injuries.
- Stress reduction: Tight muscles equal stressed muscles. Stretches are a great way to lessen the stress a body is experiencing. A stressed body is more prone to injury and declines in overall health. In addition to helping your muscles out, it will help your entire body feel recuperated and energized as it releases endorphins!
- Alleviate strains and pains: If your routine doesn’t include an adequate amount of stretches your body will become more susceptible to strain, pain, and injuries. Stretches not only helps relieve strained muscles but help the build muscle in weak spots. Weak muscles are especially prone to injury and stretching is a simple way to build them up!
Stretching isn’t just for those who work out! It should be included in everyone’s daily routine to maintain his or her overall health. People of all ages and of all workout regimes can increase their body’s functions and susceptibility to injury through regular stretching.
Stumped on ideas? You can ensure that you have plenty of ideas by checking out our strength and stretching exercises page!