The benefits of stretching are numerous and often overlooked! Stretching is the most basic form of movement that we naturally do! We stretch instinctively after waking from sleep or long periods of physical activity. The benefits of stretching are far less emphasized then the benefits of daily exercise but are just as important.
Balancing stretching with physical activity is the key! Performing stretching before physical activities can improve your movement. Stretching prepares the body before physical activity and afterwards for a resting state.
The most important benefit of stretching is an improvement in flexibility and range of motion. When muscles tighten, they can pull on the joints and cause injury. Injury can result from not preparing the body for the activity with good flexibility and range of motion! As the body ages, muscles can become tighter and range of motion in the joints can be minimized.
After age 40 you either use it or you lose it! Your muscles can atrophy within 24 hours whether you are 2 or 92 years old! NO matter what your age the body needs to move! Your life depends on it! Move and stretch your body every day!
Everyone has stress every day. A buildup of stress can cause your muscles to contract, tighten and become tense. Tension can have a negative impact on the body. Tension and tightness in the muscles can also be caused from sitting many hours. Stretching and flexibility exercises and movements have powerful stress- busting abilities. 20-30 minutes a day can calm your mind, offer a mental break and give your body an opportunity to regenerate and renew!