Benefits of Stretching
The beginning of the new year is the most common time of year for people to begin new health and exercise routines. The second most common time is in the Spring.
Yes, there’s something about warmer weather and birds chirping that makes us want to be more active. We feel reenergized, motivated even. Like any start to a new physical routine or even restarting an old one (like gardening), it’s important that you plan.
The benefits of stretching are the most talked about and the most ignored when it comes to what are thought to be ‘regular activities’ like walking, gardening, or even grocery shopping. Since we’re in the beginning of a brand new season, let’s revisit these benefits:
Stretching Will Promote Flexibility and Will Improve Range of Motion
It’s not a secret that stretching improves flexibility and range of motion, and we have to consider that without both you are running the risk of injuries while completing daily tasks. The last thing you want to do is have to spend time indoors because of an easily preventable injury caused by lifting bags or bending in the garden.
Stretching improves this by loosening up all the muscle groups, improving flexibility and your range of motion. Check in with Dr Herrington for the best stretches for you.
Stretching Promotes Proper Spinal Alignment
The muscles in your shoulders, chest, hips, and lower back all impact the alignment of your spine. If your muscles in these areas are tight, this often does not happen symmetrically. Meaning one side can be tight, and the other side can attempt to compensate which is what can often lead to back injuries and joint pain.
Stretching is a perfect way to ensure your muscles remain aligned. When combined with regular chiropractic adjustments, you will be promoting a great foundation for a healthy spine.
Stretching is a Great Way to Relieve Stress!
Have you ever had a great stretch in the morning or after a strenuous day? A good stretch not only loosens up tension in your body, but it allows for proper circulation which means your blood will be getting more oxygen. Add some deep breathing during your stretches and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
More oxygen = more energy!
It really is this simple. The