Exploring the Benefits of Healthy Stretching

Many see stretching as something you do before any strenuous activity or workout. While this is true, experts suggest you should stretching a part of a regular exercise routine. Stretching promotes flexibility, increases your range of motion, and helps prevent injury. It ultimately increases blood flow as well as nutrients which flow to your cartilage and muscles. But what many don't know is that it is a great way to help your muscles relax and loosen up.

Lowering Stress Levels

Stress has always been a leading factor in health decline, and it's no different when it comes to your muscles. A buildup of stress causes the muscles to contract making you feel tense and uneasy. Stretching is a powerful tool to combat muscle tightness caused by stress. Experts recommend stretching in the morning shortly after you awake and again before bedtime. Doing this will help your muscles relax, increase blood flow, and will ultimately have a positive impact on you mind, body and soul.

Amping Up Energy

Stretching has also been known to help increase your energetic levels. Have you ever been at work and find it hard to stay awake, or feel like the day keeps dragging on? One way to help improve your mood is by getting up and away from your place of work and taking a short stretching break. Get up and do some simple stretches and you will experience a boost of energy which will help your mind and body become more alert so you can tackle the rest of your day.

Get the Blood Pumping

Increasing blood circulation is yet another benefit to stretching everyday. Greater blood flow helps further promote organ function as well as cell growth. This will ultimately lower your heart rate since it wont have to work as hard. You will also see a decrease in your blood pressure and in the long run if the stretching is a consistent activity for your daily routine. Incorporate a healthy diet as well and your cholesterol will drop to healthier rate. 

Increased Nutrient Supply

If you are an active athlete, then you may already be familiar with the added benefits of stretching. For example, stretching before and after a workout is crucial to maintain top level form for an athlete. A consistent stretching regimen will help increase nutrient supply as well as blood to the muscles and relieve soreness that you would feel after a workout. 

Following a consistent stretching ritual will be beneficial for you in the long run. With the proper motivation and will power to better yourself and your health, you will see these added benefits flourish within you before your very eyes.