Benefits of stretching exercises

All Woman

THERE are many benefits that you can get from stretching exercises, and this is why yoga, for example, is a first option for some people.

“Stretching is very important. If you don't stretch it could lead to muscle cramps and you could even pull a muscle,” explained fitness trainer Rohan Gordon. “Always remember to stretch before and after a workout. This is because the muscle 'warms up' and prepares itself for vigorous activity.”

He said some of the more popular stretch exercises include hip flexor/quad stretch, bridge with leg reach, seated trunk twist, fold over stretch, butterfly stretch and swan stretch, which all benefit the body in some way.

Note that:

1. Stretching exercises relieve stress.

2. Stretching after waking up can help jump-start the mind and body.

3. Stretching loosens tight muscles, which helps your muscles relax and increase blood flow.

4. Stretching can help to lower blood pressure because of the breathing techniques involved.

5. Stretching exercises improve your mood and give an overall relaxed feeling.

6. Flexing and stretching can help pain-afflicted areas.

7. Stretching boosts strength and flexibility.

8. It improves your balance. You will become more aware of all muscle movements as they are necessary to achieve and maintain each pose.

9. It improves energy levels. Sometimes you may have trouble staying awake during your long day. If you're feeling this way, then it might help to get out of your seat and do a few good stretches to help your mind and body be more alert. Muscles tighten when we get tired and that makes us feel even more lethargic, so feel free to stand up and do some stretches.

10. Stretching improves athletic performance. If your muscles are already contracted because you haven't stretched, this causes them to be less effective during exercise. Regular stretching will relax all of your muscles and will therefore enable them to work more during exercise.

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