Special to the Village News
Growing up, stretching was always suggested to me before joining any competitive sport on the field or court.
Did I? No.
Why? Because I didn't think it mattered. I was unaware of any benefit. I associated it as only being necessary if you were prone to injury.
Nowadays stretching is a daily habit and practice of mine.
The top 5 benefits of stretching:
• It wakes your body up
Your muscles and ligaments benefit by becoming more flexible, healthy and strong (lessening risk for joint issues)
• It connects your physical body with your mind
Not only are you achieving more balance mentally, but also physically. Who doesn't want more clarity as they start the day?
• It increases blood flow
This may lessen your risk for heart attacks and strokes. Can you carve out a few minutes for basic leg stretches to aid your health and lower your blood pressure?
• It reduces stress
Stretch it out, let it go. Focusing on how good it feels to reach towards your toes instead of work for 10 minutes is healthy.
• It relieves aches
Feeling stiff? Stretching is known to reduce lactic acid buildup in your bloodstream. "Lactic acid is a chemical your body produces when your cells break down carbohydrates for energy," says The Cleveland Clinic.
Join me in stretching daily. While you're on a call, waiting for dinner to be ready in the oven, or instead of scrolling on your phone.
We can make the time.
Shelby Ramsey is a health journalist and publisher of https://healthierbodies.com/.