What a daily 10-minute stretch can do for your health

The benefits of stretching: what a daily 10-minute stretch can do for your health

Not many people consider stretching to be important, probably because it is something we do without making a big effort, unlike strength training or cardio that make us sweat and leave our muscles sore. However, this gentle form of exercise can help you stay healthy and fit and is good for both your body and mind.

In case you've never asked yourself how important and beneficial stretching is for you, here is a list of the importance of stretching for at least 10 minutes every day. 

Benefits of stretching regularly

1- Stretching increases flexibility


Professional trainers have always insisted that we give much importance to stretching, both before and after training sessions. Stretching increases the flexibility of the body and reduces the risk of injuries. What does your cat or dog do right after they wake up? They stretch. In fact, you will see all animals stretching several times a day, and there is a good reason for that: it is extremely important for our health. It has even been proven that a whole-body stretch will positively influence how well you sleep!

Stretching increases flexibility.


2- Regular stretching keeps your back safe


Back-problems can be triggered by lifting weights or by sudden movements, especially if you are one of those who have not been maintaining the flexibility of their spine. Sitting for long hours without stretching makes the spine stiff and tight hamstrings also can cause low back pain. Stretching exercises involving bending, folding and rotational movements help strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine and keep the discs flexible. We all want to be able to tie our own shoes later in life, right?

Stretching enable your muscles to work most effectively


3- Stretching exercises help lower blood-sugar-levels.


A 30-seconds stretch and hold routine is very effective in lowering glucose levels in the blood. The effect comes from capillaries in the muscle tissue opening-up, facilitating the movement of glucose into the cells.

Stretching exercises help lower blood-sugar-levels.

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Peter O Brien

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