The Benefits of Incorporating Stretching Into Your Routine

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is exercise. Not only can regular exercise help improve your health but it can help reduce the risk of several diseases, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. Developing a consistent routine of exercise is important. However, there’s a component to any regimen that would help optimize results and it’s often ignored; stretching.

Why it Helps

Stretching helps to keep your muscles flexible, strong and healthy. Without stretching, the muscles shorten and become tight, and that contributes to muscle tension and loss of range of motion in the joints. Stretching also helps your muscle coordination and increases circulation of the blood to various parts of the body. The increased blood circulation helps increase energy levels.

Even if you’re not exercising with regularity, stretching can help improve your flexibility, balance and overall stability. By stretching, you can also help to correct dysfunctional posture, and prevent chronic tension and pain. If you suffer from chronic lower-back pain, you might want to start utilizing some stretching techniques.

Underlying Stress

Without being conscious of it, your body is placed under a lot of stress on a daily basis. Whether you’re carrying a heavy bag over your shoulders or back, consistent sitting while driving or working, the daily use of muscles can cause them to strain and tighten. Stretching can help alleviate tightness of the muscles and help your body feel better balanced.

Whether first thing in the morning or sitting down in the office, below are a few videos to get you started on the path to improved flexibility.

Yoga at Your Desk

Stretches for the Inflexible

Upper Body Active Stretch Workout

Five-Minute Mobility & Stretch Routine

Full Body Stretches, How to Stretch for Beginners

Neck Pain Stretches & Exercises

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