Stretching has a whole host of benefits. The Mayo Clinic explains that stretching before a workout can prevent injuries, improve the results of an exercise, and improve movement in daily life. And there’s broader value to practicing a slow full range of motion movements. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, stretching can help increase your blood flow which can, in turn, support an increased supply of oxygen to your body and help deliver energy and nutrients to your body sooner than if you hadn’t stretched.
Stretching can also support your immune system in a couple of ways. First, the Journal of Cell Physiology published this study in 2017 that demonstrated stretching’s positive impact on reducing inflammation. Additionally, stretching has a tremendous effect on your nervous system and emotions if you engage your breath slowly. Deep-breathing and slow concerted movements can help the body calm down and switch on the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the opposite of being in fight or flight and is known as rest and digest mode. During this time, your body calms down and levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are lowered.
Are you convinced of the benefits of stretching yet? Well, if you are, De Winter has a great full-body stretch session in store in this episode.
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