We read, or research, ways to be healthy by exercising. We go runs, bodybuilding, yoga and many more. We undergo strenuous regime all the time ad yet, there’s one exercise that we regular do it unknowingly. Now ask yourself, every morning you wake up, what’s the first thing you do? Stretching of course. Now why do we like to stretch? Well, there’s a few benefits to it.
The most established and obvious benefit of stretching is improving flexibility and range of motion. An effective flexibility training program can improve your physical performance and help reduce your risk of injury.
2. Better Circulation
Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. Blood flowing to your muscles brings nourishment and gets rid of waste byproducts in the muscle tissue.
3. Reduces Cholesterol
Paired with a healthy diet, engaging in prolonged stretching exercises can help reduce cholesterol in the body. This could prevent and even reverse the hardening of arteries, helping one avoid heart diseases.
4. Better Posture
Frequent stretching can help keep your muscles from getting tight, allowing you to maintain proper posture. Good posture can minimize discomfort and keep aches and pains at a minimum.
5. Better Athletic Performance
If your muscles are already contracted because you haven’t stretched, then they will be less effective during exercise. Regular stretching will relax all of your muscles and therefore enable them to be more available during exercise.