Fitness

Mythbusting – Is Stretching Helpful If You’re Not Working Out

Stretching
Stretching

The answer is yesNot only does stretching improve the blood circulation throughout our whole system but it also prepares your muscles for your daily hustle.

And of course, that’s not all.

Stretching has various benefits, both physically and mentally.

Just like yawning, it helps restore the chemical balance within your brain.

It also wipes out the stress to which you’ve been exposed to during the day. How?

Because it promotes the release of dopamine and serotonin, two hormones responsible for your happy mood.

But stretching is more than that, and here’s why you should consider including a routine of at least 6 minutes of relaxing exercises to your daily schedule.

If you’re an active person.

I bet you already know the importance of stretching.

You definitely need it in order to release the muscular tension that accumulates in certain sensitive points. 

Be it your legs or the area along the backbone. Nevertheless, your muscles surely need some relaxation after being constantly stressed.

Also,  performing a couple of stretching exercises at the end of your routine can prevent as much as 80% of muscle cramps,  and sprained joints.

This happens because, during the physical activity, your muscles grow larger and tear at a micro-level, due to the intense stress to which they’re exposed.

Not stretching them after your workout simply latens the healing process. This causes pain that can last from a couple of days to a couple of months.

When you continue your routine without having your body completely recovered, chances are you’ll end up losing pounds of muscle mass.

If you have a sedentary lifestyle.

Unfortunately, when you sit for many hours, your back is under a lot of pressure. That’s why you might experience regular back, shoulder, and neck pain.

Not moving for a couple of hours makes your muscles enter a “sleeping” state. 

Therefore, you need to “switch them back” on and improve blood flow. But without being too aggressive to your untrained muscles.

To make sure you don’t ruin your back health any longer, it’s mandatory to take a 5-minute break every hour to stretch.

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Last, but not least, it protects your joints and helps you maintain your flexibility.

This translates to having a decreased risk of suffering from degenerative joint and muscular diseases later in life.

Bear in mind that your overall well-being is the result of the small choices you make in the long term.

Stretch your muscles every day and your body will thank you for it!


References:

  1. Shrier, Ian. “When and whom to stretch? Gauging the benefits and drawbacks for individual patients.” The Physician and sports medicine 33.3 (2005): 22-26.
  2. Weerapong, Pornratshanee, Patria A. Hume, and Gregory S. Kolt. “Stretching: mechanisms and benefits for sport performance and injury prevention.” Physical Therapy Reviews 9.4 (2004): 189-206.
  3. Pollock, Michael L., et al. “Resistance exercise in individuals with and without cardiovascular disease: benefits, rationale, safety, and prescription an advisory from the committee on exercise, rehabilitation, and prevention, council on clinical cardiology, American Heart Association.” Circulation 101.7 (2000): 828-833.
  4. Woods, Krista, Phillip Bishop, and Eric Jones. “Warm-up and stretching in the prevention of muscular injury.” Sports Medicine 37.12 (2007): 1089-1099.

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