When I was a wee little lad and played for my school’s soccer squad, funds were low and our practice pitch was a mile or so away from the school grounds; this essentially meant that we could sometimes catch a bus there, get a ride from an older student, or run there ourselves. Our coach at the time was a stern cockalorum and he made us run there.
Our gear was hauled to the fields and we were left to hustle to get there. I put on my shoes, drank some soda while I ran, and eventually got there. I would practice, and typically do so immediately after the run, forgetting one important step: stretching.
Now that I’m older, it is all-important that I stretch, as it makes me feel better in many different ways. Here are some of the benefits of stretching.
Increases range of motion
Believe it or not, my portly self sometimes leaves the living room and does some exercise. Most of it comes from afternoon jogs, and some comes from fun matches of soccer or basketball.
Now I am far from flexible, but as I have started a stretching routine, I have found that I have had better performance; whether it be reaching that extra few inches to get a touch on the ball with my foot, or going up for a rebound, I have been able to increase my range of motion through stretching.
If you have trouble with blood circulation in your body, I would highly advise you to get stretching. There has long been a debate whether or not stretching prevents injury, or whether one should stretch before or after a work out, but one thing is clear-stretching does help circulation in the body. The blood flow and other nutrients will reach muscles and cartilage, and the more comfortable you will be.
Mental health is imperative and one of the biggest clouts to a positive mind is stress. It may seem surprising, but stretching is extremely efficacious in removing stress. A life free of the burden of stress will mean a great deal in terms of your level of wellness. Get at it, you bums!
Strong lower back
The pains of having a weak lower back are terrible, and one needs to be flexible when it comes to it. Stretching your lower back will make it strong and help to take away the pain.