5 Reasons to Stretch!
1. Good posture, better blood flow, & Confidence!
“That’s because stretching increases your blood flow and circulation for a healthier body and sends oxygen to your brain for a clearer mind and sunnier moods,” says Peggy Hall, wellness expert.
2. It’s great for your glutes!
When we’re at work, we do a lot of sitting, but did you know sitting is tough on your body, especially on your glutes? “If you are a repetitive ‘sitter,’ the glute muscle begins … to degenerate (not in a good way). When your glutes shut down, other muscles and joints in your body become over-stressed and can result in pain in places such as the knees and lower back,” Hahamian adds. The most effective way to combat this problem is to keep your glutes active. “Getting up and stretching your glutes and hip flexors is a good first step to wake up these muscles.”
3. It’s terrific for your spine!
When the thoracic spine becomes tight, it can create many problems up and down the chain of the body. Simple rotational stretches throughout the day are extremely important if you drive, sit, or just stay in one place for a few hours of the day
4. It means better balance!
Daily use of muscles can cause them to get tight, especially if you regularly carry a purse or backpack. Stretching can alleviate muscle tightness and bring your body back to feeling better balanced.
5. It does wonders for your work out!
And obviously, if you are working out, stretching can do your body wonders. “After exercising, your muscles may feel tight.