Nothing feels better than a good stretch in the morning, but why does it feel so good? Stretching has many benefits, especially for those who are working on shaping their bodies. Some of these benefits may be a surprise and may make you want to stretch even more. We urge that you approach stretching with caution and never do it before a good warmup.
Increase blood flow
One reason stretching feels so good is because it makes you move. Stretching gets your blood flowing to muscles that have been inactive for a long period of rest. Doing this helps the blood redistribute waste products that build up when there is too much inactivity. Fresh blood circulation and breaking the tension of inactive muscles simply feel refreshing!
Improve flexibility to reduce risk of injury
Dedicating a few minutes a day to stretching can dramatically improve your range of motion. The more you stretch, the more flexible you become. This leads to a reduction in your risk of being injured during a workout or even from doing work around the house, physical labor on the job, or a fun activity. Hold a stretch for a good thirty seconds for best results.
Improve flexibility to improve your posture
Another benefit of increasing your range of motion is that it can help you to practice good posture. If you work at your desk all day, confined to a seated position, focus on stretching the muscles that are the most strained. Stretching relaxes muscles that are chronically tense, which contribute to poor posture. Focus on your shoulders, chest, and lower back when trying new stretches.
Quicken the recovery process after an injury
If an injury has taken place and you need to seek physical therapy, stretching plays a big role in how quickly you recover. Soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains take place when certain muscles, ligaments, or tendons experience trauma or are overused. After the first 72 hours of your injury have been addressed with the RICER regimen (rest, ice, compression, elevation, and a referral for a medical appointment), it’s good to start gentle stretching on the soft tissues that have endured injury.
A good stretch is always a part of a fun workout at PumpFit Club! If you are looking for serious body transformation, our high-intensity interval approach to fitness can put you on that path with fast results. For more information, give us a call at (954) 406-0618.