The 4 main benefits of stretching:
1. Stretching helps you keep your full range of movement
By stretching regularly your muscles stay flexible and limber, allowing you to have full range of movement through your joints.
2. Stretching regularly keeps your nerves happy
Stretching loosens the muscles which allows your nerves to glide more easily through them. This helps prevent and relieve symptoms such as sciatica.
3. Stretching helps you connect to your body
A good stretch helps to calm you down and focus on how your body feels and what it needs.
4. Stretching makes you feel good and helps you relax
When you stretch you should do it gently for the sake of both your body and your mind. If you practice your sretching correctly it will have a calming effect on your body and on your mind – making it a perfect activity to do just before bedtime. Stretching before you go to sleep will help you to relax and help you sleep more easily.
Remember: You don’t need to be an expert yogi to stretch, everyone is at a different level and has different muscles that are a little tighter or more flexible. You don’t need to be able to turn yourself into a human pretzel or wrap your feet around your head – but maintaining full range of movement in your joints is a great way to keep flexible and mobile throughout your life.
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