What can 10 minutes of stretching a day do to your body?
It’s the little things that make a big difference, right?
When it comes to stretching the answer is: absolutely!
Whether you have just completed a vigorous workout, been sitting at a desk all day, or even while waiting for a meal to heat up in the oven- adding in a few, simple stretches to your routine can immensely ease body tension and pain. Taking a moment to do something for yourself that your body will thank you for in the long run.
Below are a few perks of daily stretching!
Flexibility- Stretching improves flexibility. The more you stretch, the more you move your muscles, and the more flexible you become. Over time, stretching will become easier for your body which results in improved flexibility.
Posture- Stretching is also beneficial to improve your posture. Poor posture—a common and increasing problem—can easily be reversed and healed with daily stretching. Because stretching strengthens your muscles and encourages proper alignment, your body posture will be less slouched and more vertical.
Injury Prevention- The more you prepare your muscles for any exercising movement, the more your likelihood of injury is decreased. When your muscles are warm and stretched, movement becomes easier and more fluid-like which helps with injury prevention.
Increased Nutrients and Reduced Soreness- Most people know that stretching increases blood supply, but they do not realize that it also increases nutrient supply to muscles. Because stretching allows blood to flow through your body, the nutrients in the blood are being carried and spread out all throughout your body as well. An increased blood and nutrient supply also helps reduce soreness.
Are you sitting up straight right now? You probably are now that I reminded you. Sitting at a desk or hunching over a computer all day is terrible for your neck, back, and overall posture. Some of my personal favorite stretches entail a doorway and help a lot with neck, back and shoulder relief.
Hold these stretches for 2o-30 seconds each.
Allow yourself a few minutes a day, even a couple times a week to preform some of these stretches and see the difference in your body!
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