4 Benefits of Stretching

benefits of stretching

At HiDow, we’re always looking for a better way to help our customers treat the pain and discomfort that often results from injuries. One of the most common and effective methods to both as a preventative measure and as a tool for recovery is stretching. There are endless benefits of stretching. Stretching promotes flexibility and calmness and can be used as a preventative measure for injuries while allowing your muscles to recover quickly. It is so essential to your well being both physically and mentally that you should stretch daily and before and after you work out.

Flexibility

One of the most important benefits of stretching is the improved range of motion and flexibility that you get from stretching regularly. Stretching a few times a week, even if you aren’t working out, can help you maintain flexibility in areas that tend to get tight and stiff like your lower back, your hips, and your legs. Being more limber will allow you to have a full range of motion, better posture, and the rush of blood that you get from it will instantly make you feel better.

Calming

Stretching isn’t just something that you do before you take off on a marathon. When you stretch, you also take in deep, calming breaths that help calm your nerves as you limber up. For athletes, this is an excellent opportunity to get into your “zone” before you compete. Even if you’re not an athlete, you can still use stretching to focus on your daily goals or to breathe and reflect on your day as you decompress. Either way, giving yourself a few minutes a day is an excellent way to calm and relax.

Preventative

Stretching is also mostly preventative. Stretching before and after you exercise can help keep soreness, swelling, and injuries at bay! It’s especially important to incorporate both dynamic and static stretches into your work out depending on what kind of activities you are about to do. Increased flexibility, range of motion, and blood flow can limit the number of injuries from exercise. Dynamic stretching after your work out can also help you ease out of your training and bring your heart rate down steadily.

Promotes Recovery

Stretching can also help reset your body and help promote recovery after exercising or injuries. Static stretching has been shown to reduce electromyographic median frequency fatigue in muscles, which can help injured individuals cope with chronic pain. Stretching also helps reduce soreness and inflammation.