No matter if you’re an elite athlete seeking optimal recovery, or you’re an everyday gym-goer simply seeking to improve overall flexibility and mobility, stretching should be atop your priority list.
Stretching is not only beneficial for the average Joe for lifestyle purposes, but it’s also highly effective for rehabilitation patients, elite athletes, and anyone partaking in a fitness regimen.
You may be asking yourself, why is stretching so crucial to the human body. At its most basic, our bodies rely heavily on a range of motion, or ROM for short. Without a proper range of motion, we as humans would be very limited in what we could do physically.
So, while you may have a preconceived notion that stretching is only reserved for the fittest on earth, it’s actually quite the opposite.
In this article, we’ll be discussing all things stretching, from the benefits, to how it can impact your recovery and why you should implement a consistent stretching regimen immediately into your daily life.
Let’s get into it!
The Benefits of Stretching
Now that you understand the importance of stretching and how it can aid in effective recovery, let’s now dive a little deeper into the vast benefits of stretching.
Stretching not only has an impact on recovery directly but also has a huge carry-over effect on your daily quality of life.
Below is a list of some of the most prominent benefits of stretching:
- Pain Reduction at the source
- Minimizes Soreness & Stiffness
- Increases Flexibility
- Improves Range of Motion
- Reduces Risk of Injury
- Decreases Stress (both physical & mental)
- Improves Blood Flow & Circulation
- Calms the Mind (i.e. Meditative)
- And of course, Improved Overall Recovery!
As you can see, stretching is important in many aspects of life. But most of all, stretching improves recovery. How? By simply receiving the tension in our muscles, improving blood flow to those muscles, and thus reducing pain, soreness, and stiffness at the source!
The primary takeaway here if you only learn one thing is that stretching should be performed by everybody, no matter your fitness level or health status. If you want to improve recovery, and thus, improve your life, stretching is for you.
It doesn’t have to be intimidating either, nor does it need to be complex and complicated. The important thing here is that you simply start!
By simply stretching for 10 minutes daily, or even two to three times a week for that matter, you can begin to experience an improved range of motion, increased flexibility, reduced stress, and more!
The compound effects are powerful and before you know it you’ll begin to feel like a new and improved version of yourself. The importance of stretching is vast, and the benefits that you will experience are many.
Start today! Good luck. :)