5 Reasons to Stretch Your Legs

By Bill Kray

And other parts of your anatomy.

While reading this blog, most likely you're sitting. There's a slim chance you could be jogging with your smartphone. A a society of people, we sit to much and the chair is killing us. Most people dread the thought of strenuous exercise. Many would rather drive their car two blocks than walk. Here's something good for our bodies that can be done with minimal effort — stretching.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the top five benefits of stretching include:

  1. Increased flexibility and joint range of motion:
    Flexible muscles can improve your daily performance. Tasks such as lifting packages, bending to tie your shoes or hurrying to catch a bus become easier and less tiring. Flexibility tends to diminish as you get older, but you can regain and maintain it.
  2. Improved circulation:
    Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles, which brings nourishment and gets rid of waste byproducts in the muscle tissue. Improved circulation can help shorten your recovery time if you've had any muscle injuries.
  3. Better posture:
    Frequent stretching can help keep your muscles from getting tight, allowing you to maintain proper posture. Good posture can minimize discomfort and keep aches and pains at a minimum.
  4. Stress relief:
    Stretching relaxes tight, tense muscles that often accompany stress.
  5. Enhanced coordination:
    Maintaining the full range-of-motion through your joints keeps you in better balance. Coordination and balance will help keep you mobile and less prone to injury from falls, especially as you get older.

Do your anatomy some good. Let the chair air out while doing some stretching. Have some extra aches and pains? Using posters like the ones below, professional massage therapists can loosen just the right tight muscles for you. Stretching your legs may not make you taller but it can make you feel better.


Source: http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/flexib...