Flexibility training, you can improve your balance, making it easier to maintain your balance for everyday actions like going, going for a walk or even, sitting down or standing up. Along with adding stretches into your daily life, other ways to improve balance include standing on one leg, walking heel to toe or doing squats.
When we loosen tight muscles, it leads to fewer aches and pains, and benefits our posture. Common muscle pain is associated with microscopic tears in our body’s tissue. When we stretch and feel pain, it most commonly means lactic acids and other waste products have accumulated in our muscles. That is why it is crucial not to overstretch because it can lead to cramps. Just go to the point that is most comfortable, while still feeling a good stretch in whatever position you’re in. Also, stretching will make it easier to have great posture. When we have good posture, it can really help eliminate problems associated with our backs.
When we increase our range of motion, your joints will benefit. For example, when we stretch our Achilles tendon, our ankles are able to exert a full range of motion, thus decreasing the chance of tendinitis. Also, when we have a full range of motion, the chances of sudden or gradual injury are greatly decreased because it will allow our bodies to extend in the most comfortable way possible.
When we are stressed, it reduces our blood flow, creating muscle tension and knots. Stretching increases our blood flow to muscles to ease tension, thus making us feel more relaxed. More blood being pumped into our muscles means more blood being pumped into our brain as well. Stretching help with a better mood.
Due to the increased blood flow, we make it easier for our bodies to get the blood flowing efficiently, which increases our endurance. When we exercise, our bodies need every advantage they can get because oxygen and blood flow are crucial while working out.
When we sleep, our bodies can become rigid and stiff. When we stretch before and after we sleep, it will reduce tightness and cramping we may feel throughout the night. Also, since it reduces stress, it may help you fall asleep in the first place.
When we stretch, it also helps strengthen our muscles. It shouldn’t replace your current strength and cardio routine, but it will certainly help. When we stretch, we are strengthening the muscle fibers, just on a far smaller scale than if we were doing traditional exercises like cardio or weightlifting.
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