Is stretching something you avoid? I used to brag that I didn’t need to stretch (yeah right, 20-year-old me was not so smart!) and I avoided yoga for many years because it seemed like “forced stretching.”
Then, a few years ago, I was plagued with back pain and couldn’t even do simple activities, like unloading the dishwasher, without potentially injuring myself. I also suffered from pain at night and with sitting, standing, or walking – it was just hard to get comfortable. I knew something needed to change.
The thing is, your body is constantly changing with age and activity level, so it needs help in the form of stretching. The key is to figure out where you are tight and stretch that.
The only parts of the body that can stretch are the muscles. The other parts can’t stretch, like joints, bones, tendons, and ligaments.
5 ways to incorporate stretching into your everyday life
Not only will adding little stretches to your life help you feel better, but if you keep stretching the muscles that are generally tight, you’ll reduce your chance of injury and decrease your recovery time.