Do you stretch after every workout? If not you may be missing out on all of the health benefits it brings. I can honestly say I've been neglecting my stretching lately, and my body is starting to tell me so. Ouch!
Even if you aren’t working out regularly there are SO many reasons to get a good stretch into your day!
Physical benefits of stretching
Stretching and proper flexibility is just as important as doing a warm-up before your workout!
Stretching and rolling helps with things like posture and balance, it improves your physical performance, leads to less pain, fewer injuries, and greater strength! All good reasons to take the extra 10 minutes at the end of your workout to have a good stretch session.
Stretches should feel uncomfortable without being painful. One way to gauge the feeling is to take your index finger and bend it back until it feels uncomfortable. Don't overextend the finger for obvious reasons that you could break, or tear something.
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If you ever do feel any sort of pain, rip, or tear during stretching, stop immediately and ice the area. If the pain persists for longer than a day you should see your doctor.
Mental health benefits of stretching
Not only does it benefit you physically, but it also benefits you mentally!
Stretching increases blood flow and oxygen to your brain, and releases endorphins. As well, it stimulates receptors in the nervous system that slow the production of stress hormones. A good stretching session after a stressful day can help you feel relaxed and calm.
It also feels great! Think of your stretching session as your reward for putting in the work. You deserve it!
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