Benefits of Stretching for the Body:
The more you stretch, the more you move your muscles, and the more flexible you become. Over time, stretching will become easier for your body.
Poor posture can easily be reversed and healed with daily stretching. Because stretching strengthens your muscles and encourages proper alignment, your body posture will be less slouched and more vertical.
The more you prepare your muscles for any exercising movement, the more your likelihood of injury decreases. When your muscles are warm and stretched, movement becomes easier and more fluid-like, which helps with injury prevention.
Increased Nutrients and Reduced Soreness
Most people know that stretching increases blood supply, but they do not realize that it also increases nutrient supply to muscles. Because stretching allows blood to flow through your body, the nutrients in the blood are being carried and spread out throughout your body as well. Increased blood and nutrient supply also help reduce soreness.
Benefits of Stretching for the Mind
Stretching provides your mind with a mental break. It allows you to recharge and refresh the blood flow throughout your body, resulting in a calmer and more peaceful mindset.
Many individuals carry stress in their muscles. When feeling overwhelmed, muscles tighten in defense. The more you stretch, the less tense muscles will be. Stretching is a beneficial form of stress management.
Increased blood and nutrient flow also increase your energy levels resulting in an improved sense of invigoration.
Keep In Mind
Stretching is not a warm-up activity
Stretching with cold muscles (before a workout) may result in injury. Stretching is most effective when muscles are warm. It is best to stretch after a small bout of physical activity, perhaps after a 5-minute walk at the beginning of your workout and after you’re all done.