Waking up in the morning after a good night sleep can be physically difficult sometimes. It’s hard to get into the rhythm immediately as soon as you open your eyes.
You feel lethargic and stiff which is practically normal considering that lying bed for hours can cause your muscles to tighten.
This is the reason why waking up to a good round of stretching is important because it helps release the tension brought about by sleeping.
Equally important is to do stretching before and after workout or exercise because it will give you safer and more energetic sets.
So why exactly is stretching essential during these times? What are the benefits you stand to gain by stretching before and after workout?
1. Muscle Buildup
Fascia is a bag of tough connective tissue enclosing every muscle in our body. While it holds a muscle in place, it can also hold back muscle growth.
Because of its toughness, it hinders the muscle inside from expanding. By stretching, you’ll be giving your muscles more room to grow. The best time to stretch and expand these bags is when your muscles are fully pumped with blood.
2. Increased Oxygen Flow
Stretching before workouts increases the flow of oxygen to your muscles, giving it enough strength to withstand such strenuous activity.
Without sufficient supply of oxygen, muscles can experience tightness, tension and pain during exercise which can then lead to more pain in other parts of the body like your knees, hips, and back and keep you from getting fit in the process.
3. Increased Energy
Lack of movement can make you feel tired and lethargic because when muscles remain stagnant, blood tends to accumulate in them instead of circulating.
Stretching helps you nourish those muscles and keep the blood flowing giving you the energy you need to run those laps or lift those weights without any aches and pains.
4. Helps You Became More Fit
Stretching helps loosen the muscles and keep you from suffering from muscle fatigue. No pain or fatigue means longer workouts. Longer workouts, means you are most likely to achieve your fitness goals.
It’s no secret that our flexibility decreases as we age, especially when we spend most of the day sitting in our office chairs or lying on the couch, all the more reason to warm up those muscles and wake them up so they can perform the way they should.
The longer you exercise, the more calories you burn, the healthier you become.
5. Protection From Injury
Lack of oxygen can keep the muscles from elongating properly which is why stretching is essential because it helps remind the brain how far it can go or stretch when you exercise.
This can then lead to increased coordination and making it less likely for you to experience muscle rip or tear which is usually the case with hamstring injuries. Stretching before exercise or sports can help you prevent these kinds of injuries from happening.
6. Increased Flexibility
Having trouble reaching your toes without bending your knees? Is bending down to pick something up from the floor proving to be too difficult?
One of the main benefits of stretching is increased flexibility which is not only important when it comes to fitness, but also in contracted muscle restoration.
By doing the proper stretching exercises, you’d be able to bend, squat, or stand with ease giving you a smooth and painless workout.
7. Gradually Cools Down The Body
An intense workout can make your heart rate go up and stretching is a good way of bringing it down but in a more gradual pace.
By gradually bringing your heart rate down, there’s less pressure on the heart, giving the body the opportunity to go back to its normal equilibrium.
Working out is without a doubt, good for the body in terms of keeping you fit. Make those workout and exercise sessions more fun and exciting by stretching before and after so you’ll feel less pain and feel more energetic all throughout.