Page 7 - NGA NATURAL mag - Winter Issue
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Winter 2017
Stretching is very important for lexibility, range of motion, and injury prevention. Incorporating stretching into your daily
workouts is a given but including it in your day routine is just as important to health and body functioning as regular exercise. It re- laxes your muscles and increases blood low and nutrients to your cartilage and muscles.
1 Here are the top 10 health beneits of stretching:
ENCOuRAGES AN OPTIMISTIC OuTLOOK – A
buildup of stress causes your muscles to contract, making you feel tense and uneasy. This tension can lead to having a negative impact on mind as well
as your body. Stretching exercises have powerful stress-busting abilities. Stretching soon after waking up can help jump-start the mind and body. Stretching loosens tight muscles which helps your muscles both relax and increase blood low. It also encourages the release of endorphins, providing a sense of tranquility and euphoria. Stretching directly before bed will even
2give you a more comfortable sleeping experience.
FORTIFIES POSTuRE – Stretching helps ensure
correct posture by lengthening tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their intended posi- tion and keeping your muscles loose. Stretching the muscles of the lower back, chest and shoulders can help keep the spine in better alignment and improve overall posture by relieving aches and pains. With reduced pain, there is a reduced desire to hunch or 3slouch.
ENABLES FLExIBILITy – The most established
and obvious beneit of stretching is improving lexibility and range of motion. An efective lexibility training program can improve your physical perfor- mance and help reduce your risk of injury. By improv- ing your range of motion, your body requires less energy to make the same movements and you also will have more lexible joints thus lessening the likeli- hood of injuries acquired during workouts or during 4daily activities.
INCREASE STAMINA – Stretching loosens your
muscles and tendons which relieves muscle fatigue and increases blood low. The longer you
exercise the more energy you will burn, typically caus- ing one to grow fatigued. With stretching, you can delay the onset of muscle fatigue by ensuring oxygen is eiciently lowing through your blood, thereby
5increasing your endurance.
DECREASES RISK OF INJuRy – it will help to sup-
ply a greater nutrient supply to muscles, there- fore reducing muscle soreness and helping to speed recovery from muscle and joint injuries.
6 IMPROvE ENERGy LEvELS – Sometimes you may have trouble staying awake during your
long, dragging day. If you’re feeling this way then it might help to get out of your seat and do a few good stretches for a boost of energy, helping your mind and body be more alert. Muscles tighten when we get tired and that makes us feel even more lethargic, so feel free to stand up and do some stretches. It will help you to quickly and eiciently revitalize your
7energy levels.
PROMOTES BLOOD CIRCuLATION – it increases
blood low to the muscles. Not only will this help reduce post-workout soreness and shorten recovery time, but it will improve overall health. Greater blood circulation helps promote cell growth and organ function. The heart rate will also lower since it doesn’t have to work as hard and blood pressure will become
8more even and consistent.
IMPROvE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE – If your
muscles are already contracted because you haven’t stretched, then they will be less efective dur- ing exercise. Regular stretching will relax all of your muscles and therefore enable them to be more avail-
9able during exercise.
REDuCED SORENESS – Stretching before and
after a workout gives your muscles time to relax. Increases in blood low increase nutrient supply to the muscles and relieve soreness in the muscles after a workout.
10REDuCES CHOLESTEROL – Paired with a healthy diet, engaging in prolonged stretching exercises
can help reduce cholesterol in the body. This could prevent and even reverse the hardening of arteries, helping one avoid heart diseases.
So, do your stretching to get the optimum results of your training and better health. n NGA NATURAL mag 7


































































































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