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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 to be able to grow with you and carry you through the many activities you do. Be sure that if you are starting a new exercise routine you talk to your doctor so you can be aware of the type of stretching exercises you need to do. Some types of exercise require more static types of stretching while others need more dynamic stretches.

Keep you flexible for years to come

The benefits of stretching add up over the years to ultimately allow you to use your body efficiently and comfortably for years to come. Muscles and bones that have been regularly stretched will be loyal in their response to your care over the years. Take care of your body, and it will take care of you for years to come!