Stretching is very important for flexibility, range of motion and injury
prevention. Incorporating stretching into your daily workouts is a given but
including it in your day routine is just as important to health and body
functioning as regular exercise. It relaxes your muscles and increases blood
flow and nutrients to your cartilage and muscles. Remember: if you have a
healthy body, you have more mental clarity, and overall wellness.
Five great reasons to stretch!1)  Encourages an optimistic outlook – A buildup of stress causes your muscles
to contract, making you feel tense and uneasy. This tension can lead to
having a negative impact on mind as well as your body. Stretching exercises
have powerful stress-busting abilities. Stretching soon after waking up can
help jump-start the mind and body. Stretching loosens tight muscles which
helps your muscles both relax and increase blood flow. It also encourages
the release of endorphins, providing a sense of tranquility and euphoria.
Stretching directly before bed will even give you a more comfortable
sleeping experience.
2)  Increase stamina – Stretching loosens your muscles and tendons which
relieves muscle fatigue and increases blood flow. The longer you exercise
the more energy you burn, typically causing one to grow fatigued. With
stretching, you can delay the onset of muscle fatigue by ensuring oxygen is
efficiently flowing through your blood, thereby increasing your endurance.
3)  Improve energy levels – Sometimes you may have trouble staying awake
during your long, dragging day. If you’re feeling this way then it might help
to get out of your seat and do a few good stretches for a boost of energy,
helping 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. It will help you to quickly and efficiently revitalize
your energy levels.
4) Promotes blood circulation – it increases blood flow to the muscles. Not
only will this help reduce post-workout soreness and shorten recovery
time, but it will improve overall health. Greater blood circulation helps
promote cell growth and organ function. The heart rate will also lower
since it doesn’t have to work as hard and blood pressure will become more
even and consistent.
5)Reduces cholesterol – Paired with a healthy diet, engaging in prolonged
stretching exercises can help reduce cholesterol in the body. This could
prevent and even reverse the hardening of arteries, helping one avoid heart

– Nadia Latib

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