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5 Reasons To Stretch Everyday

Have you been looking for a way to improve your health and physical performance?  This may not be the answer you were expecting, but incorporating stretching can be a solution.  Stretching is defined as

intentional movement to improve a muscle’s elasticity.  Stretching warms up your muscles and influences how they respond to your movement.  Stretching is important for your body’s muscles to stay healthy and strong.  Stretching is used before and after physical activity or as a way to relieve tension in a muscle.  The best part about stretching is that it can be done any time of the day and in any location.  Is stretching part of your daily routine?  Here are 5 reasons to incorporate stretching into your day, everyday.

  1. Stretching can improve flexibility
  2. It can decrease your risk of injury from other physical activity
  3. Stretching can improve the range of motion in your joints
  4. It can increase circulation in your body
  5. Stretching can reduce your stres

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best ways to stretch includes holding your stretch, not bouncing, focusing on one muscle group at a time, and making your stretching consistent each week.  Stretching should be kept consistent on each side of your body and lastly, consider stretching more of an exercise instead of just a warm-up.  As any physical activity is concerned, consult with your doctor before changing your routine.  Stretching can cause harm if not done properly.  Be careful to stretch in a way that is most appropriate for you and your physical health.  Consider one of these 5 ways as motivation to start stretching today!
Information was resourced from the Mayo Clinic.  Click here to see the full report. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/stretching/art-20047931

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