Maybe you’re not the type who’s into yoga and that’s perfectly okay. However, what’s not okay is engaging in physical activity without stretching beforehand. Whether you’re doing yoga, cardio, or something in between, research consistently points to the benefits of stretching before an activity. Here’s why you should.
Sports injuries are painful and potentially chronic if you don’t heal properly. While you can’t avoid every potential injury by stretching, you can prevent a good number of them by prepping your body before an activity.
Research has shown when your body is more limb, you’re less likely to put strain on your back. If you already suffer from backaches, stretching it out will help you with your discomfort.
Gets Muscles Ready
If you’re planning a long run, your muscles need to be in optimal condition to get you through. Minimize complications and warm up your muscles with a good stretch. Plus you’ll enjoy exercise more.
You might not associate posture with stretching, but research has found that when you focus on your chest, shoulders, and back muscles during a pre-workout stretch, your posture benefits. How about that?