Stretching is extremely important for the prevention of injuries, increased range of motion and overall flexibility. Even if you don’t work out daily, you should take some time to stretch, as it is extremely important for the function of your body, as well as your overall health. When done regularly, stretching will help to increase blood flow, which delivers essential nutrients to your muscles and cartilage, and can help relax your muscles, relieving aches and pains you may otherwise have.

Some of the specific health benefits offered when you stretch on a regular basis can be found here.

Increased Energy

There are quite a few people who feel completely spent by the time midafternoon arrives. If this describes you, then you should implement a short stretch break. This will help to invigorate you much faster than going to get a coffee down the street.  In fact, just a few minutes of stretching increases the blood flow throughout your entire body, including your brain. As a result, you will feel less sluggish and be able to push through the rest of the day with renewed energy and focus.

Reduce Your Cholesterol

When you pair regular stretching sessions with a healthy diet you may see a reduction in your cholesterol. In many cases, when stretching and a healthy diet are followed over an extended period of time, it can prevent or even reverse the hardening of your arteries, which in turn helps to avoid heart disease.

Be Less Likely to Injure Yourself

While the scientific evidence behind this isn’t rock solid, the fact is, if you stretch during a warm up, you may help to get your body and your brain in “workout mode.” This won’t completely eliminate the potential of an injury, but it may help you avoid it by getting you and your muscles ready for a workout.  

As you can see, there are a number of health benefits offered by stretching. If you are not currently stretching on a regular basis, then it is a good idea to add it to your routine.