Stretch Yourself: A Guide to the Benefits of Stretching

Stretch Yourself: A Guide to the Benefits of Stretching
Did you know that stretching is important for more than just improving your flexibility? 

That’s right, stretching isn’t just for dancers and yogis—it can also be incredibly beneficial for women over 40. From improved posture to better circulation, let’s explore the benefits of stretching and why it should be part of your daily routine. 

Stretching Improves Posture
As we age, our bodies tend to stiffen up. This can lead to poor posture, which can cause back pain and other aches and pains. However, regular stretching helps keep your muscles loose and flexible, which helps improve your posture. As an added bonus, better posture will also make you look more confident!  

Stretching Increases Circulation
When you stretch, you are encouraging blood flow throughout your body. This increased circulation helps keep all of your systems running smoothly by delivering oxygen-rich blood to your heart, brain and other organs. This increased circulation can help reduce fatigue as well as joint pain associated with arthritis or other chronic conditions. Of course, diet plays a role in this as well.  

Stretching Reduces Stress Levels
Stress takes a toll on our physical health as well as our mental health. When we stretch regularly, we are helping our bodies relax both physically and mentally. Increased flexibility combined with improved posture and circulation can help us feel relaxed and energized at the same time—a win-win!              

Stretching has many benefits for people of all ages but particularly those who may be experiencing stiffness or soreness after years of sitting in front of a computer or even just from aging in general. With regular stretching comes improved posture, increased circulation, and reduced stress levels—all things that will make you look good and feel great! So why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose (except maybe some stiffness and aches) but everything to gain!

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