Stretching is something that is so integral to our self-care routine, but can be overlooked during conversations on self-care. Stretching can be done at any time, and in any place. It is one of the most healthy things that we can do for ourselves. Have you ever wondered why it feels so great to let out a full yawn, complete with arms up and back arched? Your body is waking itself up! You are stretching the lungs and the muscles around them, and you are stretching your arms, back, and core as well. This is a natural body function.
Stretching is important to your brain and body. It shouldn’t take a back seat to other activities that you perform for your regular self-care. Stretching helps you with the following and so much more:
-Stretching improves your joints’ range of motion.
-Stretching can improve your athletic performance.
-Stretching decreases your risk of injury.