It’s easy to underestimate the power of a good stretch, and many people are guilty of not stretching at all. Take a look at some of the benefits below to see how you can benefit from stretching more often. -All American Healthcare Covington
Benefits of Stretching
Stretching has a very positive impact on your body’s overall health. There are a variety of stretches that can help loosen up your muscles before a workout, improve your balance, increase your flexibility and even relieve arthritis pains. Some may say that stretching even helps the body look and feel younger. By stretching out your muscles you in turn increase your blood flow and open up your circuitry system. This blood flow will keep you feeling more awake and energized throughout the day.
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Another tip to keep in mind during the day is to focus on your posture. Sitting up straight at work can relieve tension in your body and is even proven to make you happier and more productive throughout the day. This is because your mood can subconsciously be determined by your posture. Sitting up straight can serve as a coping mechanism against stress and make you feel more enthusiastic. If you feel yourself getting tight and uncomfortable at work, take a break, walk around and stretch before returning to your desk.
Posture also changes our hormones. Standing tall can literally make you feel more powerful – Belle Beth Cooper, Fast Company
5 Rules of Effective Stretching
- Deep breathe while you stretch to relax your body and dig deeper into each move.
- Stretch slowly. It’s not a race. Move fully into and out of each move.
- Do not bounce. Once you find a comfortable position, stay there or move deeper into the stretch.
- Do not force it. Use your own gravy and breathe deep to feel the full stretch.
- Hold each move for 15-20 seconds for optimal results.