|The Importance of Stretching.Have you ever noticed just how many times a day your cat or dog stretches?
Firstly, without stretching your muscles will shorten and tighten
Why does this matter, well shorter, tighter muscles will affect your posture and lesson your range of movement. Not a big deal in your 20’s maybe, but once we hit the magical 30 and older having a good posture and retaining as much range of movement as possible will have an enormous effect on how we get to enjoy middle and old age.
If you can no longer get in and out of the car or reach the top cupboard or get in and out of the spa without assistance life becomes a little less enjoyable, if when you ask a muscle to carry out an action it is too weak or unable to extend fully, you may no longer be able to continue with hobbies or activities that you have enjoyed in the past
Secondly, stretching increases blood flow to the muscle. Increased blood flow helps to lessen the build up of lactic acid that occurs after a work out, helping you to avoid soreness and fatigue. The increased blood flow also brings along fresh nutrients and oxygen, both of which are needed inorder for the muscle to develop and grow
And lastly stretching is beautifully relaxing. Take 10 minutes to yourself, put together your favorite stretches, breathe and relax. There is no better way to start or finish your day, it will help you to focus, lower stress levels, and plan your day