Don’t forget to stretch

2015-05-21 06:00
Regular stretching is vital to stay healthy in body and mind.
PHOTO: supplied

Regular stretching is vital to stay healthy in body and mind. PHOTO: supplied

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IF your exercise routine goes to pot over the holidays, so will your flexibility.

No matter your age, regular stretching is vital to stay healthy in body and mind. It is just as important as regular exercise, and no, the two are not the same thing.

It’s possible to be fit without being flexible, if you don’t include stretching as a regular part of your physical fitness routine.

Stretching benefits:

• makes you more flexible — it improves your joint range of motion;

• reduces the risk of injury during a workout, and post-workout soreness, by preparing your muscles properly;

• improves your posture — even more important if you spend far too much time hunched over a computer all day; and

• calms, refocuses and recharges the mind — even a short 10 to 15 minute stretch is sufficient.

Classes such as tai chi, yoga and Pilates are good as they focus­ on safe, effective stretching techniques.

— Marika Sboros/ Biznews

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