Stretching has many benefits. The Mayo Clinic explains that pre-workout stretching can prevent injuries, improve the results of an exercise, and improve movement in daily life. And there is more value in practicing a slow full range of motion. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, stretching can help increase blood flow, which in turn can support your body’s increased oxygen supply and help provide energy and nutrients to the body. you earlier than if you had not stretched.
Stretching can also support your immune system in two ways. First, the Journal of Cell Physiology published this study in 2017 which demonstrated the positive effect of stretching on reducing inflammation. In addition, stretching has a tremendous effect on the nervous system and your emotions, if you hold your breath slowly. Deep breathing and slow coordinated movements can help the body calm down and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the opposite of being in battle or fleeing and is known as rest and digestion. During this time, your body calms down and levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline drop.
Are you still convinced of the benefits of stretching? Well, if you are, De Winter has a great full body stretching session in this episode.
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