Stretching has several excellent physical and mental health benefits for the body, regardless of your gender. But this is a blog about women, so I’m targeting the post for the female body. There are great reasons to take the time to stretch on a regular basis, even on the busy days!
Stretching Increases Flexibility
One of the many benefits of stretching is the increase in body flexibility that is achievable with the movements. Flexibility refers to the range of motion for a particular joint or another body movement. When done on a regular basis, stretching increases flexibility. Please know that there are two kinds of stretches – dynamic and static.
As being flexible is an important part of many sports, you likely will also start to notice developments in your athletic abilities. Yoga, for example, requires a high level of motion of the joints. When you stretch on a regular basis, you increase flexibility and likely will achieve a higher performance level in yoga.
How Stretching Prevents Injuries
Another benefit of stretching is the reduced potential for bodily injuries. You can stretch in conjunction with exercise warm-ups. By stretching before vigorous physical exercise, such as running, you warm up your joints and muscles to prepare them for the activity. Stretching increases the range of motion of muscles and joints so that they are less likely to tear during exercise.
Stretching is also a healthy way to start the day! When you wake up in the morning, your joints might feel stiff or tight due to inactivity or joint inflammation. If you do not warm up your ligaments with stretches early in the day, they are more susceptible to cramps and injuries later in the afternoon or evening. Stretching helps to prevent these injuries. Plus, taking care of your body is a great way to welcome the new day.
Stretching Gives You Time for Yourself
Another benefit of stretching is that it forces you to take time for yourself. When you stretch, you use those moments to focus on your female body, rather than focusing on the to-do list for the day, the kids, or your relationship partner. When you place the focus back on yourself as you stretch your body, you refocus on how your body feels as it moves positions.
When you are stretching, you may notice aches or other potential issues facing your body. You may not have noticed these issues had you not stopped to stretch and “listen” to your body. You become more in tune with your body and your care of your own body improves.
As well, you force your body and mind to slow down and relax when you stretch. The movements are slow and deliberate ones, with your mind focused on the present moment rather than on any stresses. You take the time to calm down when you take the time to stretch.
Refresh Your Mind and Body, Ladies!
After a stretching routine, you are likely to emerge refreshed mentally and with more energy than when you began the session! It’s also important to let go of guilt as nobody is perfect and, heck, being perfect would be boring. This point is true whether you are a young woman or older – it applies to every age.
There are many benefits of stretching for both your female body and your mind. Stretching increases flexibility over time, and, in turn, your athletic performance. Stretching prevents injuries too; it reduces the potential for cramps and injury to muscles and joints later in the day. Stretching is a wonderful way to start your day; the activity gives you time to take care of your body and helps relax your mind. Regular stretching is a great part of a healthy lifestyle!