We all love a stretch in the morning or after a workout, but many of us have also wondered, “why does stretching feel so good?” and, “what are the real benefits of stretching?”
The scientific answer is long and technical, but we’ve simplified it here in this article!
We’re also going to give you 5 tips for safe stretching so that you can go ahead and enjoy a good stretch.
The first reason why stretching feels so good is that it realigns your muscles and, in essence, resets your body. Stretching in the morning or after a workout improves posture, lowers blood pressure and gets blood flowing.
After stretching for a while, blood begins to flow to our muscles; this boosts recovery and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for feelings of relaxation. In part, stretching feels good because it allows us to release tension and stress.
Stretching is also known to release feel good hormones (like endorphins) that reduce general pain and boost your mood. When asking “why does stretching feel so good?” it’s important to remember that stretching is good for our muscles and our minds’ reward system rewards us for things that are good for us!
So, there you have it. A complete guide to stretching and why it feels so good.
Be sure to bookmark this article to remind yourself of the key tips…
And then set up your yoga mat and happy stretching!
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