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The Power of Stretching

The Power of Stretching

Zack Newman

The Power Of Stretching

 

       Stretching is one of the simplest ways to unwind and de-stress your body. Whether it be in the morning from a bad night’s sleep, after a tough workout, or at work after your back tightens up while sitting at your desk for an extended period of time. Stretching is such a small part of our day that always seems to be overlooked because we don’t think it’s needed on a daily basis. So many positive health benefits can come from daily stretching. On the other side as we get older and go longer without stretching, certain muscles could start to tighten up causing muscles to elongate which can lead to further physical injuries

 

            Everyone has some form of stress even if they don’t want to admit it. A 15 minute stretch is a great way to relive it! Daily stress could cause muscles to contract and tense up, which can lead to a lot of discomfort. A lot of times it is felt in the neck and shoulder area which could cause headaches. By stretching, you will increase blood circulation which allows more blood to your muscles and allows them to relax. When your muscles relax the neck and shoulder area don’t tighten which help your body not have headaches and pains. With the new circulation of blood reaching up to your brain this will also help elevate your mood and allow you to relax more.

 

            It’s important to make sure when you stretch that you are stretching all the essential muscles. For example, when you hear people talking about experiencing lower back pain, it is common to find they have tight hip flexors. Most people would never think to link the two together, but when your hip flexors are tight they pull on your weaker lower back muscles causing this discomfort in the back. Often times you see people with shoulder injuries that pop up with no prior impact on the area. This can be caused by either a lack of stretching, or working at a desk being hunched over the computer all day. Being at the computer for a long period of time you may feel discomfort in the shoulder area. This can be caused by the upper back muscles elongating and the chest and anterior shoulder muscles contracting, which will round over the shoulders.

 

            In summary there are many hidden benefits to stretching daily. By taking that 15 minutes at the end of the day it can really help unwind and minimize what may have been a stressful day. Also remember that when you are stretching to target all essential muscles.