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The Benefits of Stretching: Why We Should All Stretch Daily

We know stretching increases flexibility, but its advantages go far beyond just touching your toes...

The Benefits of Stretching: Why We Should All Stretch Daily
November 5, 2023 at 6:00 PM
The blue background echoes the blue of five rubber bands scattered across its surface. The rubber bands seem to spill from left to right, and make me think of the big bang, with the entire cosmos moving outward from a single point.

Most people only stretch when they exercise or participate in sports. However, maintaining flexibility through daily stretching provides a host of health benefits that can enhance your overall wellbeing.

One major benefit is that stretching keeps our muscles elastic and mobile as we age. Tight hamstrings, hips, and shoulders limit our functional mobility, which can increase injury risk. Stretching maintains range of motion in those constantly contracted areas.

Stretching also improves circulation in the body. Alternating between stretching and contracting moves fresh, oxygenated blood through the vessels and lymphatic system. This nourishes tissues and removes waste products that contribute to soreness.

For office workers hunched over computers all day, consistent stretching counteracts the poor posture wreaking havoc on their bodies. Opening up the chest, shoulders, and hips realigns the spine. This reduces back, neck, and headache pain caused by desk and computer work.

Let’s not forget the stress relief that comes from a good full body stretch! Stretching releases feel-good endorphins and relaxes the nervous system. Calming the mind-body connection has positive effects on anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.

Taking time to stretch each day provides immense benefits for our muscles, posture, circulation, pain levels, and mental health. Just 10-15 minutes can go a long way!