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Benefits of Stretching
The body is flexible. It is supposed to be flexible. You must be able to bend and reach that something you dropped on the floor. You must be able to zip up the back of your favorite dress on your own. You must be able to reach that book you need to read, way up there on the top shelf.
These are simple activities. Nothing special about them; you merely stretched out a bit. However, if you have difficulties doing simple everyday activities, then you have to stretch your limits - you need a stretching program.
What Is Stretching?
Stretching is simply the act of elongating or contracting groups of muscles, and straightening or bending a body's limbs to reach a good range of motion.
How Does a Person Stretch?
Stretching is fairly easy. As mentioned in the introduction, it is needed in the normal activities of everyday life. But it can also be done by almost anyone, regardless of age.
However, the extent of stretching and flexing differs. The muscles tighten as a person ages. The range of joint movements can be minimized the older a person gets. That is why as a person grows older, bending or flexing becomes more difficult. But this is also why stretching regularly, as part of a daily routine, is very important. It can be incorporated into daily activities, and it does not require much of your time.
Stretching exercises can also be done while training. Stretching is an essential part of any training or sport. It is recommended to warm up lightly, for about 5 minutes, before stretching.
There is actually an ideal length of time for stretching. About 10 minutes will give the body enough opportunity to move and flex the muscles, thus preparing it for more complicated and strenuous movements. Stretching for 30 minutes or more will actually wear out the body, becoming a workout in itself. This is not recommended if one is preparing for a game or workout.
What Are the Benefits of Stretching?
1. Increased Range of Movement
2. Increased Ability to Perform Skills
3. Injury Prevention
4. Reduced Muscle Tension
5. Enhanced Energy
6. Reduced Cholesterol
Incorporate stretching in your everyday lifestyle. The benefits are undeniable. It also does not require much time or energy. Your health is everything, so do what it takes to keep your body healthy.
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