'I don't have time to stretch' I hear a lot of people say, I've also been guilty with this on several occasions.
After spending a lot of time reading up on stretching and performance I now make time!
Below are a few simple reasons on why we should be stretching:
Combing regular stretching with relaxing breathing techniques has been shown to decrease overall stress, tension and fatigue.
Regular static stretching can decrease muscle stiffness and soreness, most often in the neck and lower back.
Yoga and stretching has been linked with reducing blood pressure and decreasing the heart rate.
Range of motion
With many people now working from a desk or seated position, many people suffer from poor posture. This is often down to muscles being tight and tense whilst losing their full range of motion. Regular stretches and weight training can help with postural correction.
Improved blood flow
By having a stretching routine this can help improve blood flow around the body which increases oxygen and nutrients being passed around.