Although there is no enough evidence that stretching may help prevent or may cause injuries to us, but many find that stretching has a lot of benefits and are actually using it especially with pilates and yoga classes or workout sessions, where stretching position are mostly utilized to perform. Many articles also claimed that stretching reduces stresses, increases flexibility, ease back pain and advice us to take stretching as part of everyone’s workout routine. Below are some of the benefits of stretching that you may find essential and improves one’s health.
1. Increased Blood Circulation
Stretching increase the blood flow and supply of nutrients to each muscles and cartilage, thus it also helps absorbs the nutrients that we get from our food that we take every day.
As we age, our muscles gradually become tighter, reducing its overall flexibility. This body changes makes us more susceptible to muscle, tendon and joint injuries. Stretching is primarily responsible for increasing flexibility, and reduces these risks of injuries. That’s why it is advisable that we exercise more as we grow older to prevent decreasing our flexibility.
2. Increased Range of Motion
Stretching can help us increased the range of our motion; it means that we can move freely with a better balance but with a lesser chance to falls that result to more damage and injuries.
4. Reduce Stress
Stretching can relieve stresses. Like all types of exercise, flexibility exercises like stretching have powerful stress-busting abilities. Stress causes your muscles to contract, becoming tense. This tension can have negative effects on just about every part of your body. Gentle stretching exercises relax tense muscles associated with stress. Also, since stretching is an exercise, it has the same endorphin-boosting effects, improving your mood and the way you feel in general.
5. Ease Lower Back Pain
Stretching is an excellent way to strengthen the lower back muscles, alleviating soreness and pain. Since contribute to our posture, stretching these muscles has the ability to reduce or eliminate lower back pain.
Listen to your body, although there is no truth whether or not stretching prevents injury and can change from one day to the next, depending on what expert you're consulting. However, the fact still remains that stretching has numerous benefits than of preventing injury. You can live a more comfortable daily life, increase your flexibility and alleviate stress and pain just by doing a few stretches before, after or separate from your workout.
So stretch your body whenever you can or anytime of the day that you feel to, and improve your health with the benefits of stretching.