Let’s be honest, when it comes to the end of our workout the last thing most of us want to do is stretch. I’ve run out of time or it’s boring are among the most common excuses I hear from our members.
So what are you missing out on?
There are four reasons that may change your outlook on stretching…
- Increased Circulation: It’s widely debated whether or not stretching prevents injury but it has been proven to increase circulation. Therefore, while stretching may not directly prevent injury, it does increase the blood flow and supply of nutrients to muscles and cartilage. This is what reduces muscle soreness and aids the recovery process.
- Flexibility: As you age, your muscles gradually become shorter and tighter, reducing your overall flexibility. This is also the case for heavy resistance training. This restriction makes you more susceptible to muscle, tendon and joint injuries. Stretching is primarily responsible for increasing flexibility as it allows your muscles to lengthen and grow.
- Increased Range of Movement: Stretching has been shown to effectively increase range of movement in joints. This helps to improve your balance. Better balance means you are less susceptible to falls and the resulting injuries (of particular importance as you age).
- Reduce Stress: Gentle stretching exercises relax off those tense muscles that we all get through stress. Also, since stretching is an exercise, it has the same endorphin-boosting effects. This improves your mood and the way you feel in general.
So now is the time to give it a go and reap the benefits for yourself!