Nourish November: November 8- Thank you body and treat your muscles by stretching
Doesn’t your body deserve a reward for all of the amazing things it helps you do? Think about all of the hours you spend getting things done, working out, sitting in the same position for work, carrying heavy boxes, reaching to get items on a top shelf, bending over to clean up things on the floor, and the list goes on.
Stretching is a great way to help your muscles relax, and it’s something you can do almost anywhere. You never want to stretch “cold” muscles or muscles that you haven’t warmed up. It’s easy to warm up muscles, and you do this by walking/marching in place or walking around your house for 5-10 minutes. You can do arm circles for a few minutes to warm up your arms or do a cat/cow yoga sequence to warm up your back and core.
You can do your own stretching routine while you watch TV or look up specific videos for areas of the body YouTube. You can find almost anything, and you can also specify the level of experience you want for the stretching.
There are many benefits to stretching. Did you know it helps to improve your posture and flexibility? Improved flexibility can also help with injury prevention. It also brings blood flow to your muscles, so they receive more nutrients. When muscles are sore, they are tense and tight. When you stretch them, you reduce the tension. This in turn can help to reduce your overall level of tension and also anxiety. Stretching can help you feel calm.
The recommendation is to stretch for 10 minutes three times a week. Remember to warm up your muscles first and enjoy stretching. It usually feels good, even if the muscles are sore. It’s also really important to stretch at the end of the workout. You may feel like skipping it, but it’s worth making time to do this. Your body will thank you for fitting stretching into your week.