Guess What Activity is Tied To Higher Quality of Life?
STRETCHING. I can honestly say this is part of my daily life. The benefits are endless. Pushing your limits a little each day improves circulation to the muscles, maintains good posture, promotes graceful and proper body movement, improves personal appearance and self-image, helps with motor skills and prevents low back pain. Approximately 80 percent of all low-back problems in the United States stem from improper alignment of the vertebral column and pelvic girdle, a direct result of inflexible and weak muscles. As we age we add adipose (fat), range of motion gets limited, and life becomes sedentary. These all contribute to decrease flexibility which leads to less exercise. With less physical activity, muscles lose their elasticity and tendons and ligaments tighten and shorten. I encourage you to take a few minutes to stretch every night before jumping into bed. This relaxes me and tells my body it’s time to rest. You too can have the best nights sleep. ZZZzzzzz
Source: Lifetime Physical Fitness & Wellness by Werner & Sharon Hoeger