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7 Incredible Results You Can Get From Stretching Every Day

By Kara Wahlgren

Ever since your very first PE class in elementary school, you’ve heard that stretching is important. But when you’re short on time, you may be tempted to skip the stretches so you can log a few extra minutes of cardio. Don’t. Whether you’re about to start your CrossFit workout or aren’t planning to break a sweat at all today, daily stretching is a healthy habit that really pays off. Here are some of the perks it may provide. (Get long and lean with sexy Flat Belly Yoga!)

1. You’ll be bright-eyed and raring to go—even at 3 PM.

If you’re totally spent by midafternoon, a stretch break will invigorate you in less time than it would take for a barista to whip up your usual mocha venti skim latte. Just a few minutes of stretching increases blood flow through your entire body—including your brain, says Jennifer Warthan, a certified personal trainer in Surry, VA. “It wakes you up and helps you feel less sluggish.”

2. You’ll be less likely to trip and fall.

A recent study tested 42 college students to see whether stretching would impact how long they could stay on a contraption called a stabilometer. The students who stretched for 30 minutes beforehand were able to balance longer than those who sat quietly before they hopped aboard. Researchers think stretching could help with fine-muscle coordination—meaning those who stretched first might have been able to avoid a tumble by making small balance adjustments. (Here are 8 ways to improve your balance.)

Read the rest at Prevention


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