Stretching is one of the most important yet most neglected steps in physical activity and exercise. This component of fitness is often overlooked because we either become too lazy after our workout or physically just don’t want to stretch. However, stretching plays a vital role in performance and recovery, which is why it is important to stretch on a regular basis.
Benefits of Stretching
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should incorporate stretching into your daily routine, according to ACE Fitness:
Most of us experience a good deal of stress throughout the day. When that stress builds up, it can create physical and mental stiffness. Fortunately, stretching is a great way to relieve muscle tension, helping you relax and sleep better.
Reduces pain and stiffness
Stretching can help to enhance unrestricted movement of the major joints of the body, especially key areas that are designed to be mobile, such as the hips and shoulders.
Poor posture, improper body mechanics, repetitive movements, and spending hours sitting down can cause your muscles to become chronically tense and tight. This may result in your muscles becoming less strong and supple. When you stretch regularly, you help keep your muscles flexible, strong and healthy, which may improve overall function.
Reduces risk of injury
Stretching before and after physical activity may help in the prevention of injuries. Dynamic stretches are usually done before exercise to warm up your muscles and get your muscles ready for movement. These stretches can help elongate the muscles, increase balance, and improve coordination, all of which may decrease the chances of injury.
Since stretching can improve circulation, muscle flexibility, and range of motion, many athletes find it also enhances athletic performance. A flexible joint allows enhanced movement with greater ease, which may be necessary for optimal performance.
Before you start any new exercises, make sure to check with your physician.
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