Monday, April 29, 2019

Why I Started Implementing Stretching Into My Daily Routine & Why You Should Do The Same.

Ever since I can remember I haven't had that much flexibility.  This is something that I have ignored for most of my life, but as I get older I am starting to realize that if I continue to not take care of my body's flexibility that I will end up not being able to get around when I get old.

Maybe you clicked on this because you are in the same boat, or maybe you want to learn more about why you should start stretching.

Today we are going to discuss why I started stretching and why it is important for you to start stretching as well!

My story.

I have always noticed tension and tightness in my hamstrings for pretty much my entire life.  This has been one of the biggest motivators for me along my journey, and I know down the road, tight hamstrings can lead to back problems.  It also causes discomfort in regular day to day life.  Although it isn't painful all the time, it can still be annoying, and affects my mobility in the gym during exercises such as squats.

I created this blog as a way to live your healthiest and best life.  I don't care how much muscle you or I grow, if we aren't flexible and can't use that muscle what's the point of having it?

Over the last month I have been consistent pretty much every single day with my stretching routine, (I think I only skipped three days or something).  From what I heard, it takes the average person about six months to start to notice more flexibility in their body.

This seems like a long time to me, but I know it'll be worth it.

I've actually started to look forward to stretching most days and now I actually find it fun.

What is my current routine?

I personally like to follow along with a couple of videos on YouTube.  Click here to watch my favorite one!

However, some days I just like to set a timer for 10 minutes and do my own routine of whatever muscles I notice need to be stretched on that day.

To start out I highly recommend following along with a YouTube video as it will help you to have motivation and give you someone to follow along with that knows what they are talking about.

Why is stretching important to your life?

Most of us don't ever think of stretching or flexibility.  But what happens if you don't stretch your entire life?  You end up hunched over, using a cane, or "best case" in pain all the time.  I would say the biggest benefit of stretching is keeping mobility for your whole life (or most of it).

Also if you are working out, stretching is even more important to your body.  To preform essential exercises such as squats with good form, stretching is a must!  It will also help prevent injury during your workouts as well.

I have also noticed improved posture in my own life.  Posture is something that is huge today, where everyone is looking down at their phones (I'm guilty of it as well).  Most of us all end up getting a sore neck from time to time, and overtime this could actually lead to bad posture in our neck.  Even when we sit down we tend to slouch, causing our spine to curve.

By doing basic stretches on a consistent basis you will notice pain go away, as long as posture get better slowly.

Closing thoughts.

Remember: The results wont happen right away, as most people take about six months to notice more flexibility and less pain etc.  But it will be worth it,  even after about a month I have noticed better posture and less pain in my own body, I still have a long way to go but I am making progress in my own life.  You can do the same.  Lets do this, and continue to grow together!

Make the best of today,

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