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5 Things Stretching Will Do For You

Stretching is one of the most underrated activities out there, no less important than doing cardio or strength training. Unfortunately, many people do not remember to include stretching as a part of their daily exercise routine, and are missing out of its many benefits. Here are five things that stretching will do for you, and why you should absolutely include it in your everyday activities to reap the many benefits. Energize your mornings Unless you’re one of those rare people that wake up with the energy of a five year old, it is likely that you hit the snooze button a few times before begrudgingly get out of bed. After a whole night of sleeping, your whole body feels stagnant and somehow still tired even if you got your recommended eight hours of sleep. Stretching is one of the best ways to energize your body in the morning, and feel it all throughout the rest of the day. By stretching, you are waking up each muscle that is used, allowing it to get much needed blood and oxygen. By having a morning stretching routine you are preparing your body for the day that is to come. Keep you moving throughout the day By stretching in the morning, as well as before and after exercising, you are keeping your body from becoming stagnant throughout the day, which can happen especially with people who work at a desk for most of the week. By staying mobile in your daily activities you will continue to be energized even through the 3 o’clock slump. If you are sitting at a desk for most of the day, try getting up and stretching every hour. Become attuned to your body’s needs If you participate in specific stretching activities like yoga, you will learn to listen to your body and become attuned to the way it needs to be run. It is important to be aware of your body’s abilities and needs so that you can provide the best care for it throughout the years, as well be able to recognize when something isn’t working quite right. Avoid injuries Stretching regularly allows your body to be used to moving and being challenged. People who do not stay active or stretch are much more susceptible to painful and immobilizing injuries. By stretching, you keep your machine active and running, and the supporting muscles in tip top shape...
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What to do about pain on the inside of your knee during side lunges

Bethany Shipp is one of our resident physical therapists and in this video she explains what is possibly happening when someone experiences pain on the inside of the knee during side lunges. Knee pain is one of the most common orthopedic ailments that we treat at Tennessee Sports Medicine Group. Watch below to find out what you can do to prevent or ease this pain.

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