Stretching is an important practice that we should all aim to incorporate into our exercise regimes, as well as our daily lives. Most people are aware that stretching can help improve flexibility and help to prevent injury, but did you also know that it can improve your posture and reduce stress and body aches, alongside many other benefits.
Here are 9 keys benefits of stretching:
1) Increased flexibility
2) Increased range of motion
3) Improved performance in physical activity
4) Increased blood flow to muscles
5) Improved posture
6) Help to heal back injuries and prevent further pain
7) Relieves stress
8) Calms your mind
9) Help decrease tension headaches
Remember to never perform static stretches with cold muscles. Static stretching should be kept for post-exercise; these are the stretches that you hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Dynamic stretching involves active movements that stretch your muscles without holding the end position. This type of stretching can be used before activity to loosen up your muscles and can be incorporated as part of your warm up.