Benefits of Stretching
You need to stretch! Its is a form of exercise thats promotes flexibility. The effects of stretching are not obvious to the individual or those observing. Deep inside your body, and your organs are experiencing a workout that has a multitude of benefits.
Stretching is both a physical and mental activity. When we stretch we are conscious of the movements being performed, becoming steady in our stance and allowing our minds to focus. Your brain is a muscle and the calmness gained through gentle stretching soothes it and promotes effective blood circulation; vital to manage brain fog, irritability and general headaches and strain.
The most obvious benefit from stretching is flexibility.
All athletes and sports people spend many hours stretching before and after intense training sessions. This is because it increase the blood flow, reduces muscle injuries and the flexibility has life-long benefits.
If you struggle to touch your toes, who will be putting on your socks in later life? Just a thought.
Many animals can be been stretching, we need to stretch too. The best stretches are those that elongate the body, stretch the spine, opening up our digestive tract and rib cage.
Stretching lowers blood sugar levels.
Stretch to allow your digestive system the chance to realign. The pancreas is your organ responsible for insulin that controls your blood sugar levels. Movement allows good blood flow and can promote the insulin production that regulates glucose move from the blood to the tissues. Your capillaries naturally open up when muscle movement occurs.
Stretching reduces high blood pressure
As we stretch the heart pumps to accommodate the mechanisms of the muscle movement. Stretching in a calm focused method lowers your hormone cortisol, which is known to tense muscles. When cortisol levels are low, the heart beats more effectively and may reduce blood pressure. Stretching has been known to soften stiffened arteries allowing more effective blood supply to all the other organs within your body.
Stretching keeps muscles healthy
If you don’t use it, you will lose it…… is very true in the case of your muscles. As we adopt more sedentary lifestyles with extended periods of sitting down our muscles become weak. Similarly aches and pains are often as a result of limited movement. We restrict the blood flow and vital nutrients getting to our cells. Removing waste and toxins from your cells requires movement, simple stretching can reduce cramping and aches.
Stretching can increase joint movement
Tendons attach your bones to muscles and are found at joints. If you allow these tendons or similar connective tissues to become stiff, you will experience inflammation and joint pain. Furthermore, breakdown of fibres created by a protein known as collagen is usually seen especially when the hips and knees require operations to loosen the joints.
As we age our body naturally weakens, therefore when flexibility is maintained through regular stretching the body is better equipped to prevent stiff aching joints and risk of fractures.
Your gut loves you when you stretch. It feels ‘free’, can realign and work far more efficiently for you. You will benefit from a daily stretch and experience less abdominal discomfort and bloating.
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