Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Day
Which of the following best you?
- Runner or cyclist
- Group fitness junkie
- Weight lifter
- Hope to fit in exercise a few times a week
No matter where you find yourself on your fitness journey (including not being on that journey whatsoever) there is one thing we all have one thing in common: the need to stretch. Why? Well, it turns out there are many reasons.
Stiffness and Sore Muscles
The most obvious benefit of stretching is to relieve stiff, sore muscles. Whether you are hurting from a hard workout or stiff from being sedentary, stretching alleviates muscle pain. And it’s a more natural and inexpensive solution than popping Advil or Tylenol—both of which can be hard on your body over time. Stretching after workouts helps prevent your muscles from becoming stiff and sore the next day, so you can be ready to get back at it again tomorrow.
Range of Motion
Everything in our bodies is connected. Muscles, bones, joints…if the muscles around the joint aren’t flexible, it’s difficult to move efficiently. In other words, muscle stiffness can prevent you from doing full range of motion exercises, cause injury, and worst of all keep you from progressing with your fitness goals. Even those who DON’T exercise regularly will find that not stretching limits the ability to take full strides when you walk, reach for things, or move with a complete range of motion. Skip stretching and you’ll eventually have that familiar “grandpa shuffle.”
Don’t underestimate the damage stress can have on both your mental and physical health. A brief stretch break that utilizes deep breathing can provide a respite during the day to find clarity and slow down your breath.