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Stretching is something very few of us do regularly, but it’s actually quite important whether you’re an exercise nut or not. Doing a couple of stretches everyday can go a long way in making sure your body is in tip-top shape and #SuperFit. Here are five reasons why stretching is so good for you. 

Increases flexibility
Can you touch your toes? Regular stretching increases the flexibility of your muscles, and the more flexible your muscles are, the easier it is for your joints to move as they should. This enables your body to move more easily and efficiently.

Fewer injuries
Everything in your body works together, which means that stretching has a big knock-on effect that benefits many areas. The increased flexibility of your muscles due to regular stretching gives them a bigger range of motion, lowering your chances of injuring a tendon or ligament. And because flexible muscles allows your joints to move the way they should, you lower your risk of sustaining injuries caused by limited movement in the long run.

Improves your posture
Stand up straight! Many of us walk a little slouched over without noticing it. This can lead to all sorts of problems with your back later on in life. Strong, flexible muscles allow your shoulders, chest and lower back to keep your spine in proper alignment. In addition, more flexible hamstrings and hips also help support your lower back, reducing your risk of injury even further.

Better circulation
Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the different parts of your body. By stretching you increase the blood flow to your muscles, making it easier for blood to flow through your entire body. This means that your body gets the nutrients it needs much quicker.

Reduce stress
Stress often causes tension in your muscles. Stretching allows your muscles to relax, making you more, well, relaxed and less stressed after a long day.

Before we kick off it’s important to note that you should only stretch warm muscles, so don’t just roll out of bed and start stretching, walk around for a couple of minutes first and then get into it. Also, listen to your body – most professionals will tell you to stretch to the point where it starts to hurt, but not beyond that, so be careful not to overdo it.

 

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