Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Benefits of Stretching

proper stretching techniqueAs we age, our muscles begin to tighten and we begin to lose the range of motion in our joints. Simple day to day tasks such as buttoning a shirt or reaching for the juice off of the top shelf at the grocery store can become extremely difficult. Stretching regularly can help to lengthen and strengthen you muscles. making daily living easier.

Everyone should stretch, regardless of their age or flexibility. Stretching should be part of your daily routine. It's easy to use an excuse such as " I'm just too busy", or " I don't have the time" , but stretching can be done for just a few minutes each day. You could easily perform stretches while watching TV, getting ready for bed, waiting in line, or even on the computer.

If you are not able to set aside time dedicated to stretching, you should at least try stretching during the activities mentioned above. You can even stretch in bed. So no excuses!

Here are just a few of the benefits you should expect from a regular stretching program:
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)
  • Enhanced muscular coordination
  • Increased range of movement in the joints
Stretching is important for people of all ages. There is no age cut off! When I worked at a WNY fitness facility, we had an 85 year old women who came in every other day. She worked out for an hour everyday, stretching and walking the treadmill. When you do stretch on a regular basis, you increase your range of motion. This means your body's joints can extend further. Your muscles will become stronger and prevent injuries. Stretching should also be done post workout to help to decrease muscle soreness.

For example stretching exercises, please visit The Women's Heart Foundation.


  1. I take kickboxing and I didn't realize just how important stretching can be until I took that class and how EASY it could be to stretch a few minutes everyday.

  2. Wow...if you only knew how much I hated exercising.


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