3 MINUTE STRETCH ROUTINE
A study at the University of Illinois found that when elderly people followed a stretching program they experienced a boost in their self-esteem. Stretching releases dopamine which is a chemical that helps you feel happier and more positive about the world, so when you stretch regularly and with purpose then you are naturally going to feel good.
Here are 5 reasons to stretch - other than because I said so haha.
You’ll relieve PMS
Women who suffer from PMS symptoms, such as pain, emotional imbalance and bloating, have reported benefits from performing yoga stretches. It’s not known why, but according to the researcher Dr Ratna Sharma, after the yoga course, sufferers had higher levels of allopregnanolone, a natural antidepressant, in their bodies.
You’ll be able to exercise for longer
Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons, which relieves muscle fatigue; as we get older we become less flexible and therefore less likely to want to exercise for long periods of time. By stretching, we’re warming up those sleepy areas of our body and reminding them it’s time to get moving.
You’ll be less tired
When muscles stay still the blood pools in the muscles, which makes you feel tired and sluggish, as soon as you move you nourish the muscles and improve your concentration levels as your brain gets some blood flow.
You’ll sleep soundly
Good news girls, 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.
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, taking time for a 3-5 minute stretch before and after working out, you’ll have better coordination and it’ll be less likely for your muscles to injure.