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Everyone knows that exercise is a part of healthy living, but do you consider a stretching routine part of your exercise program, or as an afterthought that gets done if “time permits?” Since no one ever has enough time, you may want to reconsider how you view exercise, as there are so many benefits to a stretching program. Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. It does not have to involve a huge amount of time, but stretching can end up giving you huge results which some of them are;

Can calm your mind
Participating in a regular stretching program not only helps increase your flexibility, but it can also calm your mind. While you stretch, focus on mindfulness and meditation exercises, which give your mind a mental break.

Makes You More Flexible
True, this is an expected result of stretching that some may argue is not amazing. But, did you know that improved flexibility results in an improved range of motion making your body work less making the same movements you do without stretching? Also, stretching lessens the likelihood of injuries during exercises or sports activities.

Improves Blood Circulation
Stretching increases the blood flow throughout your body. This helps improve the recovery time for any injuries and removes the useless by-products of muscle tissues.

Increases Stamina
Your stamina increases with daily stretching, which means you get more work done in a day. When you stretch daily, you tend to feel less tired and more active.

Reduces cholesterol
Paired with a healthy diet, engaging in prolonged stretching exercises can help reduce cholesterol in the body. This could prevent and even reverse the hardening of arteries, helping one avoid heart diseases.

Improves digestion
Yes, stretching can actually help improve your digestion. While you stretch you are bending your body in positions that affect the flow of energy. So, next time you have a big meal and you feel discomfort in your stomach… stretch!

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