Stretch the Body – Physical Benefits of Stretching

Did you know that stretching could help you lose weight? It is just one of many physical benefits of a regular stretching program. By stretching at least 3-4 days a week, if not everyday, you can expect to see the following positive effects:

–                      Improved flexibility and greater range of movement:

Probably the biggest benefit of stretching is the improvement and maintenance of good flexibility. Flexibility is the range of motion available in each joint and it is considered a major component of physical fitness. It is important to keep in mind though that this isn’t a quick process. A regular daily stretching routine will see progress occur after approximately 3-6 weeks and will continue to develop and maintain flexibility.

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This flexibility gives host to a range of other physical benefits such as:

  • Less chance of injury
  • Less chance of back pain
  • Better coordination
  • Better posture

–                      Physical Exercise:

Stretching is a very light and easy form of physical activity but it can often be overlooked or disregarded by people who want to exercise. Stretching is great because it can be done before, during, after or instead of exercise. It can be a great replacement for a work-out so that you don’t break the routine of exercising regularly.

By exercising you are also benefitting from:

  • Improved circulation
  • More energy
  • Faster recovery
  • Weight loss
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These physical benefits, when combined with other benefits like relaxation and meditation, are proof that stretching each day is very important for physical fitness. If you want to start regularly stretching you should follow Stretch and Smile on Facebook and Twitter for regular stretching reminders and interesting articles on all things flexibility.

References:

The Flexibility Coach, 4 Ways Stretching Can Help You Lose Weight (Yes, really!), 2010.

Duane Knudson, Stretching: From science to practice, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1998.

Charles B. Corbin & Larry Noble, Flexibility, Journal of Physical Education and Recreation, 1980.

Pozo-Cruz & Adsuar, Reanalysis of a tailored web-based exercise programme for office workers with sub-acute low back pain: Assessing the stage of change in behaviour, Psychology, Health and Medicine, 2013.

Anonymous, The Importance of a Good Stretch, Ebony, 2002.

Bronwen de Klerk, The Importance of Stretching, 2009.

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