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Stretching every day keeps the muscle aches away! Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. We need the flexibility to maintain a range of motion in our joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight, this is when injuries can happen. Flexibility training is so important, yet often overlooked. Numerous studies support the practice of stretching. So let's start by educating ourselves on the importance of incorporating it into our daily practice. Here are 10 reasons why you should be stretching on a regular basis.
Chronic stress can produce a number of break downs in the body, including increased feelings of anxiety, fatigue and tension. Regularly stretching has been shown to reduce mental tension. When combined with mindful breathing techniques, may also help to decrease anxiety and depression.
Excessive muscular tension can create increased stiffness and muscle cramping throughout the body. Regularly stretching can help to decrease stiffness, reduce pain levels, and may even reduce the frequency and severity of muscle cramps.
Regularly stretching exercises and stretching workouts such as yoga, can help to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate. This can counteract the body’s own responses to stress and muscular tension.
Various types of stretching as well as myofascial releasing using a foam roller, can help to enhance unrestricted movement in the major joints of the body.
Because of poor posture, improper body mechanics, and spending long periods of time seated, muscles in the body can become increasingly tense, tight and less flexible.
Stretching may play in helping to reduce the risk for injury. By helping your muscles to become more flexible, they are allowed to bend and move quicker than not. Stretching is often considered an important part of injury prevention, as cold muscles and tendons in the body have a greater likelihood of rupture, strain or sprain.
When included as part of a well-rounded fitness routine, regular flexibility training, can help enhance agility, power, speed and muscular strength.
Regular flexibility training can help to improve blood flow and circulation, allowing enhanced transportation of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body.
When muscles become tight and tense, opposing muscles become weak. This puts unnecessary wear and tear on your joint. Regular stretching helps to ensure the muscles on each side of a joint maintain an equal degree of pull so that the joint is able to move freely and efficiently in all directions.
Regularly stretching and increasing range of motion, can improve flexibility at any age, helping to increase longevity and enhance overall quality of life.
Static stretching is what typically comes to mind when talking about stretching. It is a form of active or passive stretching in which you hold a position for about 30-60 seconds, allowing the muscles and their connective tissues, fascia, to lengthen. This is the most commonly known style of stretching and has been seen as the status quo for years.
Dynamic stretches are active movements where joints and muscles go through a full range of motion. They can be used to help warm up your body before exercising. Dynamic stretches can also be a series of movements to get the body moving before any type of exercise.
Ballistic stretching involves bouncing and rapid movements done in a repetitive manner in which you need to stretch the joints and muscles beyond their regular range of motion. The aim is to improve body flexibility. It is not advised for amateurs and those who are new to stretching.