Whether you work out often, or only once or twice a week, stretching is a vital part of a healthy and balanced life. It’s easy to forget to stretch, though – You can easily overlook this activity, as the results are not often as visible as building muscle or losing weight.

But flexibility is needed to perform everyday activities – It increases our range of motion, and has a range of other excellent benefits. Remember: You don’t always have to stretch only before and after exercises, but you can also stretch as an activity by itself.

Let’s look at a few benefits of stretching.

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Good Posture

Good posture is very important, not only for proper balance, but it also reduce physical stress on the body. When stretching accurately, you need to maintain exceptional posture. The more you stretch, the better your bearing will be.  

Better Blood Flow

Stretching increases blood flow to the muscle. This is very important, as good blood circulation helps promote cell growth and organ function. Your skin will also benefit from an increase in blood flow.

Confidence

Stretching can actually improve your confidence. You won’t just be more flexible and have improved posture, but you will feel better about yourself and your ability as well.

Better Balance

Balance is crucial, especially when you get older. When stretching often, the body learns how to stand – and even sit! – in different positions, in fact you teach your own body to have better balance! Balance is important as it decreases the risk of falling and/or injuring yourself.  

Decrease Injury

Stretching can decrease your risk of injuries. The more flexible you are, the more your body, and especially your muscles, can twist and turn – Resulting in you being able to move more without having to worry about injuries!

There are many more benefits of stretching, but as you can see, it is very important – Especially as you get older. Stretch often and see the results in no time.