Most of us know that it’s important to stretch before and after working out, but there are many reasons to stretch beyond making sure you aren’t sore after exercising. Making time for stretching is important and these are the four reasons you should incorporate it into your schedule.
Reduces Aches and Pains
If you have an office job and sit and a desk all day, stretching regularly can decrease the pain you feel. Stretching realigns your joints allowing your body to reset and it improves your posture.
When you’re feeling stressed moving your body signals happiness-inducing chemicals. Combine breathing and stretching to release anxiety and to help you focus on the moment.
Grabbing coffee or tea when you’re tired isn’t the only way to rejuvenate–stretching increases your body’s temperature helping to energize your body.
Stress is emotionally and physically draining and it can cause headaches. Try stretching your back, neck, and shoulders while exhaling to reduce stress and to calm your racing thoughts.