November 28, 2019
Flexibility training is an essential part of your fitness routine. However, even fitness coaches can be guilty of rushing through a cooldown. There are so many ways in which stretching can benefit you, both physically and mentally. This week, we shall explain why stretching is so important to your workout.
Better blood flow and circulation
With regular stretching and flexibility training, you can even improve blood flow and circulation. This will allow oxygen to make its way around your body while you work out (and after), one of the main reasons why stretching is so important.
Chronic stress can create numerous responses in the body. This includes anxiety, fatigue and tension. By stretching on a regular basis, your levels of stress will reduce over time, particularly when you implement mindful breathing techniques.
With poor posture, body repetition and a lot of time sat down, your muscles can become chronically tense, tight and contracted. As a result, the muscles weaken and are able to do far less than they should. By stretching regularly, including a range of flexibility techniques, overall the function of your body becomes more responsive to the stresses caused by particular activities.
Reduced pain and stiffness
Excessive tension in the muscles can raise the levels of discomfort in the body. However, studies have shown that if you stretch on a regular basis, your body can become less stiff and pain levels will drop. In certain circumstances, you can even reduce the frequency and the severity of muscle cramps.
May reduce the risk of injury
There are many positive findings that connect stretching to the reduction of injury risk when working out. Dynamic stretching as a way of warming up can help to increase the core body temperature and prepare your body for what’s next. The warmer the muscles, the lower the chances of strain, raptures or sprains.
Regular stretching can also help reduce blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate. This will help balance out how your body responds to stress and muscular tension.
Enhanced range of motion
Certain stretches, such as foam rolling techniques, can offer a range of self-care strategies that will boost your movement abilities, particularly surrounding your main joints. This includes key areas of mobility, such as your hips and shoulders.
A no-brainer, but it is always worth mentioning how regular stretching can help improve your agility, muscular strength and speed.
Improved quality of life
Though there will be plenty of physical changes to your body as you age, regular stretching and range-of-motion exercises can improve flexibility, no matter how old you are. In turn, this can help t increase longevity and simply enhance the overall quality of life.
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