- Exercise & Fitness
Benefits of Stretching Exercises
Our bodies were made to be supple and flexible and if they are not, it means we have let them run to seed. It is vital that we get the body back to its state of suppleness and though the degree of flexibility reduces with age, that still does not mean we can let ourselves go to the point when we cannot stretch at all. For those who have lost some of their flexibility, stretching is the easiest way to get it back again. You don’t need a very rigorous stretching routine – all you need to do is be consistent and do your stretching exercises every day.
The great thing about stretching is how simple it is. You don’t have to do all the stretching exercises there are – just so the ones you can without too much effort and do them regularly, stretching a little more each time that you can without giving your body pain. You can be any age to stretch and you must remember, whatever age you are, do it slowly and so it only up to the limit you can.
You can stretch while you are working, cooking, playing, reading, relaxing, wherever. Stretching is great especially if you are playing a sport. It makes the muscles more flexible so that you don’t end up with a muscle cramp or worse, a sprain. When you stretch your body, you just make it better prepared to handle any activity.
Of special note are lower back stretches and neck stretching. These are the areas that are prone to pain and stiffness and stretching will help keep them healthy. Stress is a great contributor to stiffness in the neck and back, so try to reduce the stress as well as stretch to help the muscles relax. All you need to do is to make stretching exercises a part of your daily routine.
One great way is to stretch early in the morning the way cats do. Stretch your arms, your legs, your back and your neck before you get out of bed. You’ll be amazed to notice just how much more energetic you feel after a good stretch. In most cases, you should stretch a muscle, hold to the count of four and then relax.
There are so many benefits that you can get by stretching. First off, it makes you feel flexible and supple – and therefore young. It helps you stay active and keeps the limbs moving. It helps you reduce the incidence of injuries. Very often, stiff muscles are the cause of sprains and pulls when they are even slightly taxed. Stretching keeps them elastic enough not to tear or get injured.
Stretching also makes you more energetic and is great at reducing stress levels. According to research, it also reduced cholesterol. So, if you want the benefits of stretching, all you have to do is make it a part of your every day activity and you will soon be glad you did.