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6 Health Benefits Of Stretching: From Improving Balance To Relieving Stress

Date January 29, 2018 17:15

You have probably heard that stretching is good for you, but how exactly does it benefit your health and exercise endurance? We will explain why stretching should become your daily habit.

Stretching can help you wake up

Stretching is a great way to start your morning, especially if you got up and realized that you aren't fully awake. Stretching can also give you a little energy boost if you start to feel tired during the day.

Stretching can help improve your balance

There's evidence that stretching regularly can help you maintain balance and make you less likely to trip and fall.

Stretching can have a positive effect on your posture

If stretching becomes part of your daily routine, your posture when sitting or standing will also gradually improve.

Stretching may help relieve stress

Stretching is known to improve physical and mental tension, but it's important not to overdo it as stretching that isn't done right can have an effect that is opposite to what was intended.

Stretching increases the range of motion

Regular stretching makes you more flexible and does functional movement easier and more comfortable. But remember: if you are in pain when you are stretching, you aren't doing it right. If stretching is new to you, start with gentle movements and stretch a little further every day but not to the point where it gets uncomfortable.

Stretching may improve exercise performance and lower the risk of injury

Prepare your muscles and joints for a more intense activity by stretching, and it will possibly decrease the risk of injury that can happen if you kick into high gear right away. But stretching itself can lead to injury if done without prior warm-up, such as running on a treadmill, riding stationary bicycle, or simply jogging in place.

Source: Mayo Clinic, Prevention, MindBodyGreen

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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