Unless you have lived under a rock your entire adult life, you have probably heard at least one expert talk about the benefits of stretching both pre and post workout. It wasn’t until recently however, that I learned that stretching does more than relieve tight, sore muscles.
According to leaders in the field of healthy aging, increasing your flexibility through active stretching and movement will improve your mental and physical fitness. An added benefit of your increased range of motion can be greater stamina, energy AND improved posture—-which in and of itself makes you appear younger.
Fluid movements throughout a joint’s range of motion is the ideal balance of flow through the kinetic chain of muscles and joints. Stretching helps to regain the balance between muscles that might be tight (shortened) versus a weakened opposing muscle.
Over the course of the next few weeks my posts will focus on providing information, visuals, reviews and links to the ‘gurus’ of stretching. As always, you can choose what is best for you and your current ability. Be realistic about how tight your muscles feel. If you need to start slow, so be it. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to just get started.