Do you feel like your body is in knots? If you have mounting mental stress, like 40% of Americans, it is likely your body is feeling the pressure, too. The endorphins (feel good hormones) released during physical exercise, especially stretching, offer an effective means of releasing stress.
A good stretching routine offers both mind and body benefits. It helps alleviate tension held deep within your muscles and promotes relaxation. Before you begin a stretching routine, know that it may be uncomfortable at first. But after a few sessions you will begin to reap the benefits of stretching. Stretching is good stress management, it helps reduce the risk of injuries and keeps the spine and entire body more agile.