We know you’ve heard this before, but we’ll say it again – stretching is important and we all need to do it more often. Stretching isn’t just for athletes, runners, and people who do yoga. When it comes to maintaining joint and muscle health – it’s important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why:
Stretching Increases Your Flexibility and Mobility
Stretching regularly will lengthen your muscles, which improves flexibility and allows your body to move more freely. Many people often overlook the connection between injuries and a poor range of motion or a lack of flexibility. Simply put, if you want to avoid back pain or other common injuries, you need to stretch more.
Stretching Improves Your Posture
When muscles are tight, the alignment of your spine will suffer. It’s common to have a tight muscle on one side of your body but not the other, thus causing postural imbalance. Over time, poor posture can cause a number of different injuries so it’s important to work out those tight muscles before things get worse.
Stretching Reduces Stress
Taking the time to stretch and breathe every day is a great way to de-stress. Pain in your neck, shoulders, and back can also be caused by muscle tension as a result of stress. So, if you’re feeling burnt out, start a stretching routine and stick to it.
Stretching Keeps You Feeling Young
Did you know that as we get older, our muscles get shorter and tighter? If you’re not stretching every day, you’re not taking proper care of your aging body. Increasing your flexibility, range of motion, and stress levels will help you feel your best no matter what age.
Cliff Atwell, B.S., D.C.