3 Reasons to Make Stretching a Habit

Do you really need to stretch? It’s time consuming and on a day to day basis who thinks about it? I mean, there’s already too much to do during the day.
Well, not stretching may end up costing you more time and energy in the long run. Here are the top 3 reasons why stretching should be a part of your daily routine.
Improves range of motion
We live in a society that is highly sedentary. Sitting all day creates tight hamstrings and hip flexors both can cause low back pain with the hamstrings contributing to symptoms related to sciatica.
Decreases risk of injury
Suddenly stretching tight muscles will lead to a strain or tear. For example a quick turn to hit a tennis ball or to keep your child from walking into traffic. A lack of flexibility will demand the movement come from somewhere. If your muscles are flexible and can allow for that quick movement, no problem. If they are not, ouch!
Improves athletic performance
According to BridgeAthletic.com, stretching improves circulation, muscle flexibility and range of motion which helps perform better in workouts and competition.
Consequently, increased range of motion allows athletes to perform more dynamic tasks and improves technique.
It should be noted, however, that this does not apply to acute stretching. Stretching must be done on a daily basis in order to achieve the accumulative benefits of increased range of motion and muscle flexibility
Stretching Dos and Don’ts
  • Breathe, it helps you to relax into the stretch
  • Hold stretches for at least 30 seconds, 60 seconds for tighter muscles
  • Stretch daily, no benefits come from occasional stretching
  • Focus on major muscle groups such as the calves, hamstrings, quads, hip flexors. If you are an athlete, for example, a tennis player or baseball player, add the upper body muscles that are used in your sport
  • Stretch cold muscles, this may lead to injury
  • Bounce, this may lead to increased tightness and injury
  • Stretch into pain. Expect tension, if you feel pain, back off a bit
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Book Authored by Deidre Ann Johnson

Keep this handy book by your desk while working or in your carry on when travelling for tips to keep you flexible and pain free.

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