Stretching is about more than just flexibility.
Stretching is important for your joints and muscles, too. Stretching helps keep your muscles flexible, strong and healthy and allows you to maintain your range of motion in the joints.
Research indicates that stretching improves flexibility, promotes balance, and has the power to reduce pain or stress. Stretches that focus on posture and mobility can support daily activities and limit your risk of falling or injury.
If you do not stretch regularly, muscles shorten and become tight. This results in weakness and limited range of motion, putting you at risk for join pain, strains and muscle damage.
A common example of muscle fatigue is spending extending time sitting. When you sit for a length of time, the muscles in your hamstring tighten in the back of your thigh. This can make it harder to extend your leg fully when you stand up.
Over time, continued stretching can improve your flexibility.
Before stretching, warm up your muscles to avoid injury by taking a quick walk.
Hold a stretch for 30 seconds and remember to breathe. You should feel a mild pull in your muscles, but it should not be painful.
Stretching is not only beneficial to your muscles, but it’s good for your joints too. By stretching, you improve your range of motion and increase your ability to move a join in various directions.
If you don’t exercise regularly, ease your joints into exercise slowly with low impact movements.
Stretching improves circulation of blood to the muscles and joints, bringing nutrients to the cells and removing waste byproducts. Stretching can be beneficial for pain relief.
Stretching is recommended twice a week, for at least 10 minutes.
It’s common that people slow down as they age, but by incorporating stretching into your weekly routine, you can benefit from increased flexibility and pain relief in your joints and muscles.
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