Do you stretch? For the vast majority of adults, the answer is no. Most of us don't stretch. Most of us don't even stretch before or after a workout. And the vast majority of Americans don't know they should be stretching every single day.
Many of us spend a whole lot of time in one position. Whether we sit most of the day or stand all day, too much of one position can make us stiff and sore. It puts a lot of strain on our muscles, spine, and joints. Stretching can also improve your balance which helps with avoiding falls something that becomes even more important as we get older.
You don’t need to stretch for a long period of time each day to get the benefits. It may be helpful to talk to your chiropractor or physical therapist before you set up a stretching routine, especially if you have past injuries, so that you can stay safe.
What are the Key Benefits of Stretching?
There are a number of key benefits of stretching. They include:
Here are some tips to make your stretching routine as effective as possible:
If you want advice on how to come up with a stretching routine, especially if you are sedentary or already know you can't touch your toes, consider to schedule a consultation. We can help identify where your muscles need to be stretched more and help you work up a routine that can improve your quality of life for years to come.