When you think about stretching, you might think about athletic activities. Most people are aware that it is important to stretch before you start working out or playing a sport so that you don’t get injured. But what about stretching as part of everyday life?
It’s true, making stretching a regular part of your daily life is incredibly impactful. But don’t just take our word for it. Read this excerpt from a Harvard Health Publishing article:
“Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.”
Think about the strain your daily life puts on your muscles. Sitting at your desk can lead to tight hamstrings. Driving long distances can lead to lower body stiffness. Poor sitting posture can lead to neck pain. Carrying a heavy bag or briefcase can lead to a sore shoulder. The list goes on when you really start to consider just how many muscles we impact throughout the day.
With daily stretching, we can keep these muscles long, lean and flexible so that they are better equipped for the demands of your day. So each day, make it a point to stretch your shoulders, lower back, neck, hip flexors, quads, calves and hamstrings.
Not sure where to start? Check out this 10-Minute Stretching Sequence from Fitbit: https://blog.fitbit.com/daily-stretching-sequence/.