June 30, 2015
When was the last time you stretched? And no, holding on to a park tree attempting a quickie-quad stretch before your run doesn’t count. Seriously though, when was the last time you rewarded your body with a relaxing, stretch session in the evening? Being a yoga teacher and being married to a functional fitness trainer, I have learned the amazing benefits stretching can have on your body. The most obvious benefit of course is flexibility, but there are many more benefits;
Stretching is incredibly relaxing, making it a perfect thing to do in the evening. If you find it difficult to wind down after a busy day or your struggling to fall asleep, stretching can help.
Proper digestion is critical to staying healthy. Stretching can be a non-invasive way to get your intestinal muscles in gear and aid your digestion. By stretching your stomach, you release any accumulated pressure and increase the blood flow to your digestive tract.
Yes, it is true. Stretching can give the appearance of looking younger. When you stretch a lubricant called synovial fluid is released from the joint cavity. This fluid cushions and reduces the friction between your joints, which can help prevent joint pain often associated with aging.
Bad circulation can leave you feeling tired and zapped of energy, and can even give you the ‘pins and needles’ feeling in your hands and feet. Stretching is a really simple way to improve blood circulation, allowing blood to do its job of bringing nutrients to your muscles and flushing toxins from your body.
Rehabilitation programs often include some form of stretching (I should know since it is helping me personally with chronic neck pain) because it helps with muscle flexibility. And since injuries can leave your body imbalanced, stretching is a great way to retrain your muscles back to their original symmetrical movement.
Join us this summer for some of our yoga classes that focus on stretching. Both Yin and Slow Burn are slow moving classes that focus on stretching and holding postures. I hope to see you on your mat soon!