Positive stretching can help prevent injury, improve your range of motion and increase your flexibility. It can be either dynamic or static, and is the process of putting your body in positions that lengthen your muscles and the surrounding soft tissue.
There are many benefits of positive stretching. It can:
- sharpen your focus and reduces stress
- help to reduce tension and relax
- help alleviate back pain
- improve your circulation
- slow joint degeneration
- improve oxygen flow around the body, and
- help increase your energy levels and muscle coordination.
Stretching your muscles can also help lengthen your muscle fibres. Better yet, as your body gets used to a regular stretching routine, the surrounding ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue start to adapt to the movement.
Incorporating positive stretching into your weekly health routine is just as important as regular exercise.
As we age, our muscles tend to become tighter and our range of motion can decrease significantly. This can negatively impact our lifestyle and the activities we enjoy doing each day. Tasks, such as zipping up your dress or picking up the paper from the street, can become more taxing.
Lots of people mistakenly give-up their regular fitness and stretching routine because they fear an injury. However, maintaining these habits as you age actually helps to prevent injuries and enables you to remain active and independent for longer.
For the best results, researchers agree you should spend a total of 60 seconds doing each stretch. Ideally, you should hold a stretch for 15 seconds and repeat this three more times.
It’s never too late to start so try some positive stretching today! If you’re not sure exactly what to do we recommend consulting an exercise professional about creating an effective and personalised stretching routine.