Stretched Out?

5 Reasons to Warm Up This Spring

Spring is in full bloom and almost everybody is running around to get beach ready for the summer season. However, in addition to looking good, regular physical activity also helps to improve your mood and prevent chronic health problems.

Stretching is an essential, yet often overlooked health-related component of fitness. While you may think of stretching as something performed only by runners or gymnasts, there are several reasons why you should be stretching this spring:

  1. Limber and Loose

It may not be the most exciting part of your exercise routine, but stretching can help you improve flexibility, reduce tightness, and ultimately, make your workouts more efficient and safer. In turn, flexibility helps to delay reduced mobility associated with ageing.

  1. Stress Less

From a cramped neck to knotted shoulders, when you’re stressed your entire body responds by getting tight and tense. Stretching not only relaxes the muscles in your body, it also has a calming effect on your mind and emotions. 

  1. Better Performance

Complete physical fitness means more than going to the gym and lifting weights three times a week. In fact, when included as part of a well-rounded fitness routine, regular flexibility training can help enhance agility, power, speed and muscular strength.

  1. Standing Strong

Neck pains, sore backs, headaches… Many people suffer from the negative effects of bad posture. A combination of strengthening and stretching exercises can reduce musculoskeletal pain and encourage proper alignment. That, in turn, may help improve your posture.

  1. Young at Heart

Stretching improves circulation by increasing blood flow to your muscles. The increased blood flow raises oxygen levels in your body and helps lower your risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and heart attacks.

Get Fit with Bestmed

When it comes to reaching your fitness goals, stretching isn’t the only important aspect you need to consider. Realistic objectives and the right activities for your unique health requirements are also important. Bestmed ensures adult beneficiaries (21 and older) get the right workout by offering three wellness network biokineticist consultations to its members each year. This helps them determine their current fitness levels as well as how to incorporate fitness and activity into their daily lives.

For more information on our wellness programme benefits, call us on 0860 002 378 or send an email to tempo@bestmed.co.za.

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