Health Check: It’s Time to Stretch!
Posted By Kelly Dunbar / 31/01/2018

You’ve already heard the many benefits of stretching, but did you know that it does a lot more than just loosen tight, sore muscles? With every downward dog, oblique stretch, or side lunge you are really moving your body in ways that can have so many health benefits.

Benefits of Stretching

Taking time to stretch your whole body not only feels good, but it’s highly likely you feel some mental stress relief too! Adding some stretches into your everyday routine wakes up your muscles, enhancing movement and stability.

Using daily movement and stretching to care for your health and skin is a great way to aid in detoxification, toning, strengthening, burning calories and keeping fit.

Even if you are not planning any vigorous exercise, it is still imperative to stretch regularly as it has numerous benefits for your body and your mind:

  • Improves posture
  • Enables flexibility
  • Increase stamina
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Relieves tension
  • Promotes blood circulation

 

 

How Stretching Helps Improve Our Skin

The skin is the largest organ on the body and it consists of living tissue that has to stay elastic, active, and well-nourished to be healthy.

With every gentle stretch or step, we extend the skin and move it about so that nutrients get transported into every cell and tissues get the chance to cleanse themselves. When you move, you are actually helping those processes so that they can work more effectively.

If you want to look good, feel healthy and live tension-free, try incorporating some stretches or yoga poses into your daily routine, 20 minutes is all it takes, so get up and start stretching today!

 

Note, if you are suffering from any injuries, do not commence stretching without the help and advice of a physical therapist.

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