Stretching Exercises for Flexibility

by Kim
(10/29/15)

Stretching feels so good when you first wake up in the morning, right? It's luxurious. It's satisfying. It's relaxing and invigorating all the same time. Well, there is a reason for that. Stretching exercises for flexibility is your body's way of elongating muscles and increasing blood flow so you can get up and face the day. Unfortunately, for most of us, that's where the stretching ends.


But, hours spent sitting at a desk or performing repetitive actions (doing the same thing over and over) can cause muscles to tighten and joints to stiffen. Our bodies feel more like the Tin Man than Stretch Armstrong (or Mr. Fantastic for the younger generation), and this can lead to a whole host of problems. That's why it's important to stretch several times a day – not just in the morning. It only takes a few minutes, but it will really help to:
improve flexibility (which becomes more important as we age)
relieve aches, pains, and tension
increase range of motion
improve circulation
improve posture
improve balance
relieve stress
increase energy

Focus on problem areas like your neck, shoulders, hips, lower back, calves, and knees. And, of course, make stretching exercises for flexibility an integral part of your pre and post workout routine.

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