On Team Russell Athletic we want everyone to play their best. And to do that, you probably need to stretch. Health experts site many benefits of regular stretching. Below we’ve listed four of the most common. But don’t take our word for it. As with any exercise program, talk to your doctor before you start. You might want to work with a certified trainer, too. Better safe than sidelined.
Four Benefits of Stretching
1. Helps You Relax
As with other exercise, many people find that stretching reduces stress. Unlike other types of exercise, however, stretching also helps reduce the main side effects of stress — muscle tension. Safe, gentle stretching loosens tight muscles and releases stress-busting endorphins, resulting in a nicer, cooler you.
2. Improves Flexibility
Flexibility is one of the main foundations of fitness. And one of the best ways to increase your flexibility is to stretch. Regular stretching can help keep your muscles supple and elastic, and help you feel younger, healthier and more athletic.
3. Increases Range of Motion
Stretching can help increase the range of motion of your hips, shoulders, ankles and other joints. The better your range of motion, the better you move. Which means regular stretching could improve your ability to run, swim, throw a baseball, swing a golf club or just take out the trash.
4. Get’s Your Blood Flowin’
Stretching increases circulation, which brings more nutrient-rich blood to muscles and cartilage. And that’s good. Increased blood flow helps to rev up your energy levels and shortenyour recovery time. You’ll also experience less soreness after a workout, which makes it a lot easier to get those muscles movin’ again.
So there you have it — four good reasons to stretch. Exactly when and how to stretch it is up to you. Just make sure you’re dressed for it with workout clothes from Russell Athletic. We offer plenty of soft, comfortable workout shirts, shorts and pants that give you total freedom of movement. Because how far you can stretch should be limited by the tightness of your muscles, not your outfit.
For more on the benefits of stretching, check out these articles:
Stretching: Focus on Flexibility — Mayo Clinic
The Truth About Stretching — Web MD
The flexible benefits of stretching — Reuters