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6 Reasons Why We Should Stretch More Often

Stretching is a minor task that is majorly important.

It’s probably safe to stay that not all of us are aspiring yoga masters waiting for the day that we conquer the splits or headstand. Most of us just want to get in shape (and fast!) with summer right around the corner. For many, hoping on the treadmill for an hour, then leaving the gym promptly does its fair share of good.

While this may be the case, you can harm your body by not stretching before and after your workout properly. Start stretching before and after your workout by finding out six benefits of stretching!

Decreases muscle stiffness while increasing the range of motion. Stretching helps your flexibility which may also slow the degeneration of the joints.

Reduces your risk of injury. Sports enthusiasts and fitness trainers always encourage a ‘warm up’ and ‘cool down’ period of stretching. This is because a flexible muscle is less likely to become injured from slightly extensive movement. Therefore, you may decrease the resistance on your muscles during various activities.

Improves posture. Stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulder, and chest will help keep your back in better alignment and improve your posture.

Reduces muscular tension and enhances muscular relaxation. Stretching allows the muscles to relax. Habitually tense muscles tend to cut off their own circulation resulting in a lack of oxygen and essential nutrients.

Relieves post-exercise aches and pains. After an intense workout, stretching will keep the muscles loose, preventing them from becoming tight which ultimately leads to a painful muscle.

Promotes circulation. Stretching increases blood supply to the muscles and joints which allow for greater nutrient transportation and improves the circulation of blood through the entire body.

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