Not only does stretching clear your mind by allowing you to focus on your body, it also releases endorphins.
Blood flow to the muscles increases after a long stretch.
Static stretching increases activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation.
Why does stretching feel good when you wake up?
When you sleep, your muscles lose tone and fluid tends to pool along your back. Stretching helps to massage fluid gently back into the normal position. Also, your muscles protect themselves from over-extension by inhibiting the nerve impulses as they approach their limit.
Why is stretching so painful?
If you are feeling pain while stretching, you may be stretching too intensely and this could cause injury. When stretching, slowly ease into the stretch and stop at the point you feel “tight”. No, stretching should not hurt. Feeling pain during a stretch indicates that you have stretched too far.
What does stretching do to muscles?
Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion.
Why stretching is important after workouts?
Flexibility is necessary to reduce muscle tension and to elongate contracted and constricted muscles. If you stretch after your workout you will be able to use your muscles in a greater range of motion. You’ll increase your performance because your muscles will be working at their maximum capacity.19 May 2017