The Truth About Stretching your Muscles Every Day
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Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or casual gym-goer, you’ve likely been told to stretch regularly as some point in your exercising journey.
But have you ever stopped to wonder why so many personal trainers, sports coaches and gym bunnies preach the importance of a post-workout stretch session?
We’re not here to debunk the importance of stretching. In fact, we recommend incorporating the ritual into your daily routine whether you’re working out regularly or not. Keep reading to discover why:
Regular stretching has been thought to help improve muscle flexibility. Why is this important? When your range of motion is greater, your joints may move more readily and further.
This may reduce your chance of injury (particularly during sport) and enhance your daily movements.
Tense muscles have reduced blood flow, hence why they might be painful. Stretching may help to reduce tension as well as increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles.
This may support them to recover after a particularly gruelling session in the gym. Not to mention, a good stretch at your desk may also help you to feel better when the drowsiness sets in.
Stretching after your workout may help you to wind down from stimulating exercise. And, if you’re stretching without having done a workout, it may help you to relax and focus.
Try taking some nice, deep breaths while you stretch. It’s important to take some time-out during the day to focus on your wellbeing, so why not incorporate a brief stretching routine into your me-time regime?
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