Importance of daily and nightly stretches

2020 has been a year for the history books for sure. Many of us have had to adapt to spending many more hours in our homes than we were previously accustomed to. This time for some may have been delightful being able to get more hours of sleep, but for others, it could have caused much stress for multiple reasons. However, what we all have in common, whether our lives have become more sedentary or remained very active, is the need to prepare our bodies for the tasks of our days.

A simple preparation that we often overlook is the importance of stretching. Whether you’re an athlete or not, every day you use your muscles and joints to accomplish tasks. Tasks as simple as breathing engage all the muscles in your torso. Walking involves all muscles in your legs, and your neck muscles are engaged throughout your entire day. 

Spending 10-15 minutes stretching when you wake up in the morning and before bed goes a long way. The benefits of stretching are listed below:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improves performance in physical activity
  • Improves blood flow
  • Improves posture
  • Heals and prevents back pain
  • Relieves stress
  • Decrease tension headaches

Without these stretches, you’re more likely to experience cramps during sleep, which makes you more susceptible to injury due to muscle tightness and joint stiffness.

Bryce Robinson, originally from Brooklyn, New York, earned my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Winthrop University. He is currently working towards being a personal trainer. Some of his interests include watching and playing soccer, acting, and writing. Bryce’s life-long goal is to leave a positive impact on the lives of others and in his career endeavors.

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