April 20 2016 – Hana Difrawy
If you’re feeling a little low, then a good stretch could be just what you need!
Here are the top 6 reasons why you should stretch daily:
1. It Relieves PMS
Women who suffer from PMS symptoms, such as cramps, emotional imbalance and bloating, have reported benefits from performing yoga stretches. According to researcher Dr. Ratna Sharma, after practicing yoga, practitioners have higher levels of allopregnanolone, a natural antidepressant, in their bodies!
2. You’ll be able to exercise for longer
“Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons, which relieves muscle fatigue,” says Floreani. “As we get older we become less flexible, as we spend so long at a desk or on the couch. By stretching, we’re warming up those sleepy areas of our body and reminding them it’s time to get moving.” The best news? The longer you exercise the more calories you’ll burn.
3. You’ll be less tired
“When muscles stay still the blood pools in the muscles, which makes you feel tired and sluggish,” says Floreani. “As soon as you move you nourish the muscles and improve your concentration levels as your brain gets some blood flow.”
4. You’ll sleep soundly
Good news if you’re postmenopausal. A regular morning routine of stretching and light exercise has been proven to give you a good night’s sleep, compared to women who do no exercise or exercise in the evening.
5. You’ll be less likely to get an injury
“Stretching reminds your brain the correct length your muscles are meant to be at when you’re exercising,” says Floreani. “After ten minutes stretching before working out, you’ll have better coordination and it’ll be less likely for your muscles to rip and tear.”
6. Got 30 seconds?
Lie on your back, bring your right knee to your chest and hug the knee for five seconds. Repeat on the left side. Sitting at your desk and feeling fatigued? Roll your shoulders backwards for ten rolls.