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Five Reasons to Add Stretching to Your Daily Routine

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1. Stretching improves flexibility by keeping your muscles loose and limber. It helps with those every day tasks like tying your shoelaces, reaching for something from a cupboard and lifting objects. It gives you more range of motion by giving you better balance because it helps keep the tendons and ligaments lubricated, which gives you more agility and movement.  

   

2. Your circulation will improve, fresh, oxygenated blood flows to the joints and muscles, and this yields a quicker healing time due to all the nutrients that blood provides.

   

3. Stretching can also act as a pain relief. For lower back pain, stretching the quadriceps and hamstrings as well as the hip and pelvis muscles can contribute to relief. It can also ease headache pain by improving oxygen flow to the head.

   

4. Stretching is relaxing too! It acts as an antidote to stress, easing and loosening tight muscles. And it has been proven that stretching provides mental calmness and clarity.

    

5. Stretching can improve poor posture. Tight muscles lead to bad posture, but stretching those muscles can improve the alignment in your back. To target alignment and posture in particular, important areas to stretch are the chest, shoulders and lower back.   

    

Be balanced . . . be well.