Some people believe stretching should be done only when you’re working out, but you don’t have to be an athlete to work a stretching routine into your plans every day. There are actually many healthy benefits from stretching, such as increased flexibility, stress relief, posture relief and more. So before you dismiss it, take a moment to explore five of our favorite benefits of stretching. If you have an existing injury, practice only exercises instructed by your medical doctor, or by Dr. Kim at Live Well.
Stretching Increases Flexibility
The most popular and well-known benefit of stretching is to increase flexibility. Stretching can also increase your range of motion and lead to fewer injuries during activities.
Stretching Can Help Lower Your Cholesterol
Stretching before starting your day or before physical activity can help lower cholesterol. Of course, you should pair your stretching with a healthy diet and exercise for the best effects.
Stretching for Stress Relief
There are many reasons that you can become stressed, but one thing is for sure: when you’re stressed, your muscles will most likely tense. Try to focus on stretching your neck, shoulders and upper back.
Stretching to Improve Posture
Stretching your neck and upper back can reduce muscle strain and help maintain good posture. Maintaining good posture helps to keep bones and joints aligned, decrease stress on ligaments and helps to keep your spine in place.
Stretching to Avoid a Mid-Day Slump
It’s common for people to feel groggy and stiff midway through their workdays. Before rushing to the break room for another pot of coffee, consider a simple mid-day stretch. Simply stand and stretch your limbs, fingers, waist, and neck. Take a brief walk around the office if possible. Also, make sure to drink a substantial amount of water throughout the day to avoid being tired from light dehydration.
These are just a few benefits of stretching, but of course, there are many more. Did we miss your favorite benefit? We’d love to hear it! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and share your tips!