Many people suffer from aches and pains associated with stress and muscle tension. But what they may not know is that their discomfort can be alleviated by taking a few minutes to stretch.
Stretching is a vital tool for relaxing muscles and reducing stress, which is important for all aspects of good health. It eases lower back pain, increases flexibility and has many other benefits, yet it is a healthy practice that is frequently neglected.
People typically associate good health with positive lifestyle choices – avoiding smoking, alcohol and drugs, a nutritious diet, and exercise to include cardiovascular and muscular workouts. They overlook stretching or may associate it with an activity reserved for athletes (although even athletes can neglect stretching before and after workouts, missing the benefits of stretching and potentially risking injury).
As we age, flexibility continues to decrease, increasing the risk of falling and sustaining debilitating injury. The only way to improve and maintain flexibility is by doing stretching exercises routinely.
The many benefits of stretching:
You can live a more comfortable daily life just by incorporating stretching, and it can easily become a part of your daily routine with very little effort.
So, plan some time to stretch, whether it be a set time in the morning and evening or by taking sporadic work breaks throughout your work day.