Reasons to Stretch
You’ve heard it a million times, “Don’t forget to stretch!” But how often do you actually stretch before a workout? There are so many reasons to stretch that you should be doing it before every workout. You may think that all stretching does is loosen up your muscles, but there are so many more benefits. Stretching should be an important part of your workout schedule because of all the good that comes from it. If you don’t believe us yet, check out all these reasons to stretch.
Let’s start with the obvious, stretching before and after a workout is shown to reduce the risk of injury. Workout out with tense muscles is dangerous if you push your body too far. Stretching on a regular basis also improves your range of motion and increases your flexibility. Start out with a nice stretch to prepare your body for what is to come. After your workout, take some time to stretch out your muscles to reduce future body aches and soreness.
Did you know that stretching is a great stress reliever? When you take your time to stretch and focus on your breathing, it can really calm you down. Give yourself some time at the end of a stressful day to sit down, stretch, and let your mind relax. Even if you do not go to the gym that day, stretching has more than just muscular benefits. Stretching also improves your blood circulation. If you have a job where you are sitting all day, try a mid-day stretch to get your blood flowing! Even taking a walk to stretch your legs out during a long day of sitting can be beneficial to your health.
Need a better reason to stretch? Stretching has proven to be great for your posture. Straighten your back out and let your neck relax with a simple stretch routine. Posture is something that can be fixed, so give it a try. Stretching can also help with lower back pain. Sometimes lower back pain can arise from a workout, tense muscles, or sitting all day. Try stretching out your back muscles regularly to decrease your back pain.
After a workout, it is common to feel very energized. This is because when you workout your body releases endorphins. This energized feeling can lasts from 10 minutes to an hour to all day depending on your body. Stretching after working out slows down the cool down period, which can make your body release more endorphins, causing a longer energized period. Stretching after a workout is also a great way to slow your heart rate down and calm any anxiety that may arise.
With all of these stretching benefits, you should be stretching before and after every workout. Or at least during a busy day at work. If you are prone to soreness, lower back pain, stress, or tight muscles, a lack of stretching could be the cause. Try to take time every day to sit down, slow down, and stretch your body out. It will make a difference. If you have any questions, or need some advice on how to stretch, give us a call or come on in and let our wonderful trainers assist you.