Connection Between Stretching and Stress

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Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. There are simple stretches you can do while watching TV, on the computer, or getting ready for bed. If you are doing strength training exercises, stretch in between sets. Studies about the benefits of stretching have had mixed results. Some show that stretching helps, while others show that stretching has little if any benefit. The main benefits of stretching are thought to be Improving athletic performance, Decreasing the
risk of activity-based injuries.

It is also suggested that one stretching exercise may not be enough to prevent all types of injury, and therefore, multiple stretching exercises should be used to gain the full effects of stretching. Researchers show that athletes should not perform prolonged stretching routines before playing a game because it temporarily slows muscle activation.

Helps alleviate lower back pain.
Stiff and tight muscles in the lower back, hamstrings, buttocks and hips is one of the more common causes of lower back pain. Stretching these muscles will alleviate the pain. If you have an injury or any type of recurring soreness see a doctor or health care provider now. These stretches are not intended to cure serious problems. Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. Blood flowing to your muscles brings nourishment and gets rid of waste byproducts in the muscle tissue. Improved circulation can help shorten your recovery time if you've had any muscle injuries.

Stress can cause many medical complications and illness. Finding ways to relieve stress can help with weight loss and peace of mind. Stretching is a great way to help relieve stress and helps to relax tense muscles that are usually accompanied with stress.