The Importance of Stretching
Athletic abilities vary from person to person. Different people have different interests when it comes to fitness - some like to run, some to bike, some to go to the gym, while others do not like any of it. If physical activity is not part of your journey, that is okay too. However, consider incorporating daily stretching into your lifestyle because it adds some great benefits to your well-being and health. This is something everyone can do and should try doing, especially as they age. It is easy and no matter what level of activity you decide to do, your muscles will thank you. If you find it difficult to commit time to regular exercise, starting off with daily stretching as it can be a great way to begin your fitness journey and a give yourself an energy boost.
If you are a beginner, consider your stretching before you get out of bed. An easy stretch such as wiggle of the toes, stretching out the legs, or arms over head. Easy, right? And it feels great!
If you are intermediate, aim for 5 to 10 minutes each day. Remember to change up your stretches - try not to do the same stretches every day.
If your actively exercising, make sure you incorporate stretching into your daily activities. Spend at least 10 minutes a day stretching to ensure your muscles don’t get overworked and tight, which could lead to pain.
Some benefits of stretching include:
- Improving your posture
- Decreasing risks of injury and soreness
- Increasing blood flow throughout your body
- Increasing flexibility
- Helping your mood and mind reset
- Helping manage stress
Here are our favourite stretches that you can incorporate into your daily routine:
If you have an office/desk job or you sit for long periods of time, remember to take breaks and try out these stretches:
Overall, if you are looking for something basic that you can incorporate into your lifestyle and fitness routine, STRETCHING is a guaranteed win.
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