Stretching is an important part of muscle health. It is a simple, quick and effective way to bring blood (which carries the oxygen and nutrients) into the muscles – making them more supple and relaxed. A relaxed muscle is less likely to tear or go into spasm. When you stretch, you decrease the body’s pain and increase general well being.
Most of us think of stretching in association with warming up before exercise or cooling down after exercise or playing sports. Of course, stretching at this time is an important part of performing at your optimum level. However, stretching can also be incorporated into your daily living to give you more energy and introduce body awareness.
When working for long periods in one position, your body needs breaks. You can do this by stretching every hour. If you’re at the computer – do some neck rolls. If you are on your feet, stretch your legs and low back. When at the wheel — stop and stretch your neck and shoulders.
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