6 Reasons Why You Should Stretch Regularly
There is some evidence that regular static stretching outside periods of exercise may increase power and speed, and reduce injury. The best time to stretch is when the muscles are warm and you benefit from increased blood circulation, just after exercising, which helps to reduce muscle fatigue.
Stretching will help your muscles to recover faster from a tough workout, especially important as muscle soreness is one of the reasons that many people skip exercising.
So why should I stretch?
Well, here's are our top 6 reasons for having a good stretch every day…
- Your body produces lactic acid after exercise which makes your muscles tired and sore, stretching helps to eliminate the lactic acid.
- Endorphins are released after a workout as your body starts to cool down, stretching helps slow down the cooling process so you feel energised after your workout.
- Stretching helps the blood flow back into your muscles at a more regulated pace, allowing your heart rate to come back to normal, your muscles feed on oxygen and nutrients brought in by the blood.
- General posture is improved, people tend to stand up straighter particularly if you focus on stretching your lower back, shoulders and chest.
- Stretching over time will give your muscles tone and your body will look more slender.
- Last but by no means least you reduce the risk of injury as you will have an improved range of movement, which in turn reduces resistance on your muscles.