Stretching is one of the most important forms of exercise. It brings
movement to tissues that need motion to stay supple, elastic and
function properly. Without movement, our tissues get less pliable and
become rigid over time. The saying, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose
it,” is especially true of our body and it’s parts. More precisely, we
not only lose it but lose its function as well. Our body’s tissues are
likened to a rubber band: If the rubber band is stretched daily, it
remains functional and elastic. Whereas, if you don’t stretch a
rubber band and leave it alone, over time the rubber band will become
brittle and lose its function.
Stretching not only allows for full range of motion of the tissues,
joints and organs, it allows for increased circulation to help nourish
the body’s tissues while enhancing the elimination of natural toxins
that build up with out motion.
So, the basics of stretching go far beyond overcoming the feeling of
being “stiff”. Stretching has a list of health benefits that go on and on.
Yours in Movement – Coach