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The Importance of Stretching & Flexibility

It has often been said that stretching before working out or running is essential in helping with flexibility and preventing injuries. However, stretching can be beneficial for everyone whether they play sports or not. Flexibility training is often overlooked by the majority of people but it’s an important component of your body’s fitness. Numerous studies show that stretching has many short-term and long-term benefits. Whether it’s static stretching or dynamic stretching, here is why you should be stretching on a daily basis.

Benefits Of Stretching

Decreases Stress

Chronic stress can affect one’s life in a number of undesirable ways. People with chronic stress tend to have increased feelings of anxiety, fatigue and tension, all of which can affect happiness. Regularly stretching has been shown to reduce mental tension and, when combined with mindful breathing techniques, may also help with depression. We build up a lot of tension in our lives and stretching is great for reliving that stress both physically and mentally. 

Reduces Pain And Stiffness

Excessive muscular tension can lead to pain or discomfort throughout the body. Whether the pain is caused by soreness or injury, static stretches can help decrease stiffness in joints and reduce pain levels from injuries. Individuals with chronic neck or back pain in particular should stretch daily. Chronic pain in the neck or back can seriously hinder your mobility and limit your range of motion when doing everyday activities. By performing static stretches that help alleviate the tension in the neck or back, your body will feel better and you can even reduce the frequency of muscle cramps. 

Improves Circulation

Regular flexibility training is a great way to improve blood flow and circulation. Improved circulation results in enhanced transportation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. This will lead to a healthier cardiovascular system and your overall productivity may increase.

Helps Posture

One forgotten benefit of flexibility training is an improved posture. Poor posture can be linked to muscle imbalances. People who never exercise or stretch are more likely to have a bad posture which can lead to musculoskeletal pain later in life. In order to properly align your muscles and have good posture, it’s recommended to stretch daily and even try yoga classes which can teach you how to properly sit and stand. By taking the steps to fix your posture today, you will be able to have more mobility and less pain in life as you age. 

Physical Rehab In South Florida

Although stretching on a daily basis can help with aches and pains, some people have worn out their muscles too far and must seek further assistance. At BioCure, we can provide you with physical rehab to help you recover from a previous injury and alleviate your aches or pains. By ensuring that your body is well taken care of, you will be able to feel your best for as long as possible.

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