We all know to stretch before exercise as it will help us to avoid injuries but did you know that stretching all day long is very beneficial? Not only that, it makes you feel really good.
How does the body benefit from stretching?
Given the current Coronavirus safety measures, with most people working from home, oftentimes they do not have a proper desk, seating area, or workstation. Most people are sitting on a couch, bed, or uncomfortable chair; further, instead of a desk, they may be placing their computer on a coffee or dining table. These uncomfortable conditions lead to pain and discomfort.
Other things can cause discomfort as well. Ever wake up in the morning feeling tired and sore? This is often caused by the wrong sleep position, a bad pillow, or a worn mattress. If you stretch first thing when you wake up, all those muscles that have tightened up during the night will loosen up and alleviate a lot of the pain. Besides that, this stretching will make you feel good.
Also, tense muscles play a big factor in creating bad posture which can shorten the muscles in the back, chest and shoulders and cause pain when you move–if you stretch these muscles during the day the muscles won’t shorten, posture is restored, and the pain is eliminated.
Stretching on a regular basis improves blood flow which in turn regulates body temperature, improve circulation, and sharpen concentration.
Stretching also opens up the spine, giving a refreshing “rush” of energy.
Besides that, stretching makes you feel good! Stretching, along with all physical activity, increases the production of endorphins. Endorphins are the neurotransmitters in the brain that can elevate mood and alleviate pain and depression.
So, avoid pain —keep your body moving, and stretch all day long, not just before exercising.