If the ongoing Yoga craze is any indication, giving an exotic name to something most people neglect makes it “the hot new thing”.
Because Yoga is exactly that – stretching your body.
And there really must be something great about it because Yoga is insanely popular nowadays.
But even if you’re not into Yoga-style stretching, stretching is something you should do as part of your fitness regimen.
There are some very good reasons for that, so let’s review them in this post, “stretching: the most important exercise”.
Stretching has a demonstrable effect on your circulatory system. It improves it dramatically, resulting in better blood oxygenation. That oxygenation is crucial to optimal brain function and for every part of your body.
Stretching also improves your posture, flexibility and enhances mobility. And that’s just for starters!
Stretching Is Fundamental
Incorporating a stretching routine is fundamental because of its incredible effect on your overall health. Let’s examine some of the other benefits:
- The range of motion in your joints is greatly enhanced. Stretching regularly helps you maintain that range of motion as you age, maintaining mobility.
- People with arthritis pain should stretch regularly to improve circulation in the surface of their joints, making it easier and less painful to move around.
- If you sit a lot, you need to stretch more than most people. You can correct your posture by loosening muscles which have become tight from sitting for extended periods.
- Athletes know that stretching thoroughly and regularly reduces their vulnerability to injury and boosts their performance.
- It’s a stress buster!
- Stretching also boosts your energy, while reducing fatigue.
Stretching is a discipline which, like any other exercise, should be practiced mindfully. A great way to introduce yourself to stretching in a safe, supportive environment, is to seek out a stretch and strength class.
These are conducted by fitness professionals who are aware of the role of stretching, and understand the mechanics of your musculature, tendons and ligaments.
Things to Know
Before you participate in any strenuous activity (including stretching), your muscles need to be warm and ready to perform, so warm up.
Stretching after your workout as well as before it allows you to derive optimal benefit, as your muscles will still be warm. When you’re not working out, develop a stretching routine which covers your entire body. Do this at least 3 times a week.
As I said above, attending a stretch and strength class is a great way to learn more about stretching. Some may wish to make this their stretching regimen for non-workout days.
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