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Have you stretched today? Did you know that daily stretching promotes overall wellness?
There are many factors to maintain ideal health, such as eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and drinking plenty of fluids. Stretching is another important element of keeping your body healthy that people tend to forget. Not only does a daily routine of simple stretching allow you to pay attention to those stiff joints and sore muscles, but it also offers several health benefits.
Stretching alleviates pain, and muscle tension - Relaxation and better sleep can be achieved by stretching, which helps relieve muscular tension. Muscle pain can result from an extended or chronic hyper-tensed state. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles. As a result of improved circulation and reduced tension around the circulatory system, lactic acid soreness and muscle contractions will be reduced.
Stretching improves blood circulation - Daily stretching enhances blood circulation, increases oxygen levels, and enables the muscles to receive nutrients. In addition, it removes metabolic waste such as ammonia, carbon dioxide, and uric acid. As a result, stretching promotes overall heart health and helps prevent strokes.
Stretching improves mobility and posture - As mentioned previously, stretching relieves muscle tension and increases blood circulation, which enhances overall flexibility and helps you maintain proper posture without pain. Additionally, an increased range of motion is beneficial in many everyday situations and prevents injuries.
Stretching improves mental health - Stretching has been shown to increase serotonin levels, the hormone that helps stabilize our mood and reduce stress, decreasing depression and anxiety.
Even though stretching offers numerous health benefits for overall wellness, it is important to speak with health professionals for tips on stretching. Stretching incorrectly will do more harm than good.
USFHP’s TRICARE Prime plan offers benefits that support healthy living management. We’ve developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals. With our free enhanced benefits, members can choose to receive up to $250 a year in gym reimbursement.
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