Flexibility is crucial for overall health. Regular stretching can increase your flexibility. Improved flexibility can help you perform everyday activities with ease and help delay the reduced mobility that comes along with the process of aging.
Increases your range of motion
Stretching on a regular basis increases your range of motion by being able to move a joint through its entire range of motion provides you more freedom of movement. Both dynamic and static stretching is useful for an increasing range of motion.
Enhances your performances in physical activities
It is for the fact that performing dynamic stretches before engaging in physical activities have been confirmed to prepare muscles for action. It can improve your performance in athletic exercises and events.
Increases blood flow to your muscles
Performing stretches consistently on a regular basis can notably improve your blood circulation in the body. Improved circulation means an increase in blood flow to the muscles. This is beneficial as it can shorten the recovery period and reduce muscle soreness. It is also known as DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness.
Improves your posture
Muscle imbalances are quite common and can often lead to a bad position. A recent study found that a combination of strengthening and stretching certain muscle groups can significantly reduce musculoskeletal pain and encourage proper alignment, which as a result will help improve your posture.
Helps to heal and prevent back pain
Tight muscles can hinder and decrease your range of motion. When this occurs, you are likely to increase the chances of straining the tissues present in your back. However, regular stretching can help heal an existing back injury by stretching the muscles. Tend to indulge in a daily stretching routine as it can help prevent any future back pain by strengthening the back muscles and reducing the risk of muscle strain.
It is excellent for stress relief
Often, when we experience stress, the muscles tend to get tense and cramp up. This is mainly because the muscles tend to tighten up in response to emotional and physical stress. Concentrate on areas of the body which tend to carry most of your stress such as the shoulders, neck and upper back.
Can calm your mind
Indulging in regular stretching routine will not only improve your flexibility but can ease your mind as well. While you stretch, you concentrate on meditation and mindfulness exercises which give you a mental break.
Helps decrease tension headaches
In addition to adequate hydration, proper diet, and an ample amount of rest, stretching can help reduce the tension you feel from headaches.