Benefits of Stretching

stretchBenefits of Stretching:

– increases vitality
– protects from injury
– increases flexibility
– strengthens the body
– improves muscle tone
– re-aligns the body so that it functions effectively
– regulates the internal organs, keeping all systems functioning efficiently
– slows the aging process
– enhances concentration
– fights depression

Stretching also assists in the elimination of lactic acid in the muscles that cause  muscle cramps and post-training aches and pains. This is extremely important if  you run or work out often, and by stretching fully after a workout you will increase  your endurance and reduce post workout aches.

Stretching before a workout can do more harm than good; you should do a light  warm up with dynamic stretching (such as walking lunges) before exercise and  static stretching after.

7 thoughts on “Benefits of Stretching

  1. galinabella April 14, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    Totally agree! stretching is of vital importance before and after the workout – I’ve also mentioned it in my blog! good to see that there are others who think the same!


  2. thecollectioncup April 10, 2013 / 5:28 pm

    I have great intentions to stretch my muscles when sitting all day, hunched over books, but I definitely need to make a habit of it!


  3. C. A. Mitchell April 10, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    I love my post-workout stretch. In fact, I think it’s my main motivation! I also like to do a couple Sun Salutations in between my writing sprints, along with neck/wrist/back stretches. Get very stiff sitting typing all day!


  4. thecollectioncup April 1, 2013 / 10:51 am

    Thank you so much for adding that information to this post and so very true! For anyone wondering what ME/CFS is: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).


  5. myjourneythrume April 1, 2013 / 10:46 am

    And for those of us with ME / CFS when exercise isn’t always possible a little gentle stretching can often be tolerated and give real benefits. Great post!


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