Stretching has often been overlooked with respect to the fitness regime. Various studies have shown that stretching keeps the muscles flexible, sturdy and healthy which helps to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Not doing stretching can makes muscles weak and unable to extend all the way during exercise activity which can be trigger for strains, muscle damage and joint pains. Following are 7 reasons why you should do stretching on a regular basis.
Strengthens Posture: Stretching ensures correct posture by increasing tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their anticipated position and keeping your muscles loose. Stretching the muscles of the chest, lower back and shoulders can help keep the spine in improved alignment and improve overall posture by relieving aches and pains.
Improves Blood Flow and Circulation: Regular stretching improves blood flow and circulation, which improves transportation of oxygen and nutrient rich blood throughout the body.
Reduces Pain and Stiffness: Doing regular stretching decreases excessive muscular tension which can lead to increase in discomfort throughout the body. Stretching helps in reducing the frequency and severity of muscle cramps.
Enhances Performance: Regular stretching helps in improving agility, speed, power and muscular strength in individuals.
Reduces Soreness: Stretching before and after a workout gives your muscles time to unwind. Increase in blood flow increases nutrient supply to the muscles and relieve soreness in the muscles after a workout.
Improves Range of Motion: Various types of stretching can help to improve unrestricted movement of the major joints of the body, including key areas that are designed to be portable, such as shoulders and hips.
Improves Quality of Life: Regular stretching can improve flexibility at any age, helping to increase longevity and enhance overall quality of life.
Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of Treatum, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.
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