Stretching: it’s more than flexibility
Stretching. I’ve said it before, you’re body is a flowing river. It thrives on movement. And stretching has so many benefits, is very beneficial to your body and mind.
So, here are just a few of the benefits regular stretching has to offer
Increased flexibility and range of motion.
As we age, our muscles tighten and we have less range of motion in our joints. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make these daily activities easier and more enjoyable.
Stretching improves circulation of blood to the muscles and joints. Increased blood circulation, of course, brings nutrients to our cells and removes waste byproducts.
Chronically tense and tight muscles contribute to poor posture, which in turn can affect the functioning of our internal organs, not to mention our appearance. Stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulders and chest can help keep the back in better alignment and improve posture.
Relaxation and stress relief.
Stretching, done properly, helps to relax tense muscles which result from stress. The feeling of relaxation brings a sense of well-being and relief from tension.
So, how do we get started with this. It’s super simple easy. No excuses.
There are two times a day I get my clients to stretch. First thing in the morning and before going to bed. For 5 minutes in the morning, stretching helps wake up the body and gives you a little boost in energy. For 5 minutes before going to bed, put on some calming music, it helps get the body and mind ready for sleep, removes any stresses and tension for the day and relaxes you completely.
Do this on your own, or if you have a partner do it together. Even better do it naked. Although I don’t think you’ll be getting much sleep after!!
Either way, get stretching!