Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Here are 5 Reasons to start stretching every day.
1. Reduces your risk of injury
A flexible muscle is less likely to become injured. By increasing the range of motion in a particular joint through stretching, you decrease the resistance on your muscles during various activities. Stretching is believed to help to prevent injury to tendons, ligaments. Common injuries incurred due to lack of flexibility in runners are shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, IT band syndrome, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis.
2. Helps reduce or manage stress
Well-stretched muscles hold less tension and, therefore, can help you feel less stressed. Stretching can also help to reduce your resting heart rate which results in a decrease of your sympathetic nervous system (the flight or fight system) which in turn leads to decreased physical and mental stress and an increase in psychosocial well-being.
3. Promotes circulation
Stretching increases blood supply to your muscles and joints, which allows for greater nutrient transportation and improves the circulation of blood through your entire body.
4. Decreases the risk of low-back pain
Flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors, and muscles attached to the pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine, which in turn reduces your risk of low-back pain.
3. Helps relieve post-exercise aches and pains
After a workout, stretching the muscles will regain the pre-workout length and decrease the compression on the joints. Aches and pains after exercise can be avoided if muscle tension over the joints is minimized. The best part is, though, that by stretching after a workout, it sets you up for a better workout the next time!
There are more Reasons to Start Stretching every day, but this should be enough to get you on track!