Stretching is a crucial part of everyone’s health and fitness, no matter how much you do or don’t do in life. Having the ability to stretch for a catch or to stretch to tie your shoe laces is equally important and life can become pretty tough and potential injury- filled without a good level of flexibility. So here at Panama Wellness Group, we have come up with a list of a few reasons to get your stretch on, with a few tips sprinkled in there for good measure.
Flexibility: The first and most obvious reason. As you get older, your muscles naturally get shorter and tighter, which can lead to aches, pains and injuries that your younger, more lithe self might have simply strolled through. Making sure to stretch your muscles is key for pain free and happy living. Without this, recurring injuries are most likely going to be a sadly regular theme
Range of motion: Keeping your joints fully mobilized and lubricated is crucial, with exercises like yoga or weightlifting is excellent for this. By making sure that your body can perform the full range of motion it should do regularly, you make sure that you have more agility, better balance and therefore a good chance of being healthier and less susceptible to falls and/or injuries. This also helps keep stress of tendons and ligaments, which are strong but truly horrible to injure. If you have tight muscles, greater strain is placed on ligaments and tendons, not an ideal situation at all!
Better circulation: By keeping muscles moving and flexible, you encourage greater blood flow through and to muscles. This means a higher number of nutrients as well as greater recovery and disposal of waste produced by exercise, which helps keep muscles functioning smoothly and to an ideal capacity.
Pain relief: Stretching and greater flexibility often lead to pain relief. For instance, lower back pain can often be a symptom of tight hamstrings and hip muscles, which lead to strain on the smaller delicate muscles of the lower back. By stretching these larger muscles, we can ease pressure on an otherwise painful situation.
Improved posture: Poor posture or gait is often the result of a long period spent being tight in one area. For instance, tight chest muscles can cause your shoulders and back to be pulled forward, resulting in a sloping, caveman-esque look. This can lead to neck issues and other complications. By stretching these muscles adequately, we can easily alter what people think of as irredeemably poor posture to something far more positive and strong for your spinal and joint health.
So, if you are looking for a way to improve your flexibility and have excellent health, please check out our yoga and massage options here! We guarantee this will give you a new lease on life and a stronger sense of happiness and strength.