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Why Stretching is Important to Your Routine

Discover the importance of stretching in your daily life


We all know that stretching is necessary to warm up our body before practicing exercises but have you wondered why? Let’s find out on the post below!


According to David Nolan, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, "A lot of people don't understand that stretching has to happen on a regular basis. It should be daily."


Stretching can really help you to build muscles, achieve aerobic fitness and of course, improve your flexibility as well.


People may think that stretching is more for runners or gymnasts, however, we all need to stretch so that our mobility is protected.


Without stretching, our muscles can be weak, tight and shorten, making us more likely to have joint pain, muscle damage, and contusions.


For instance, being in the same position for a long time on a chair can result in tight muscles in your back. This will increase your chances of having back pain and consequently develop an injury.


Stretching requires commitment, meaning that doing it every once in a while, will not be that helpful for your body. As mentioned above, stretching should be included in your routine and become a ritual before you start your day. You can also stretch before and after your workout training.


3 SIMPLE STRETCHING EXERCISES


1. Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you. Put your hands down on your legs as long as you can and until you have a feeling of burning. Hold for 30 seconds and then slowly return to a sitting position.



2. This stretch is known as spinal twist. Lie on your back, raise one of your knees, and calmly roll it over to the other side. Ensure that both of your shoulders are in contact with the floor at all times. If you prefer, stretch one arm out to the side, maintaining in line with your shoulders. Then, slowly turn your head to look to your stretched arm. You may feel the stretch on your upper body and lower back. Breathe in and breathe out and remind yourself to repeat the exercise on the opposite side.


3. The downward dog stretch is popular among yogis. This pose is focused on hips and shoulders mobility, while stretching your hamstrings, mid-back, and shoulders. Push your hips up toward the ceiling so you form a triangle with your body. Keep your head between your arms and straighten your legs as much as possible. Reach your heels toward the ground and spread your fingers, so that your bodyweight will be distributed evenly.


During a stretch, it is common to feel tense or uncomfortable. However, you should not feel pain. If you do, it is possible that you have an injury or damage in your body. In case that happens, we recommend you to stop stretching and check with a doctor.


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