COVID-19 has changed the way we all look and feel about our lives.
Now, more than ever before our health and well-being (mental and physical) are more important to us and our quality of life has become our high priority!
We’ve learnt that exercising is a privilege.
StretchMe’s mission is to deliver effective, fun and safe methods of stretching the human body to maximise agility, to get people moving and to improve well-being.
Our goal is to teach people how to improve muscle agility and to reduce the probability of injury by helping to increase flexibility and wellness.
Regular and effective stretching is proven to have many and varied physical and mental health benefits. Increased agility can improve day to day comfort from getting out of bed, to walking the dog, to how well you concentrate and positively affecting people’s moods.
And best of all stretching feels fantastic!
Moving around is good for you. It’s good for your physical health as well as your mental health.
Sitting or lying for too long increases your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Being active is not as hard as you think.
Physical inactivity contributes to over three million preventable deaths worldwide each year (that’s 6 per cent of all deaths). It is the fourth leading cause of death due to non-communicable diseases.
60% of Australian adults do less than the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day.
Almost 70% of Australian adults can be classed as either sedentary or having low levels of physical activity.
So why is stretching such a good idea?
A Great Motivator
Stretching Reduces Fatigue
Stretching increases blood flow to your muscle groups. This increase in blood flow also increases the temperature of your muscles to improve their elasticity. Increased elasticity and blood flow can help you feel limber, awake, and ready to work.
Stretching also releases joint synovial fluid. This fluid acts as a lubricant between the cartilage in your joints. This reduction in joint friction increases your range of motion while decreasing the amount of energy it takes to do so. This allows you to save your energy for other tasks.
Stretching For Preventative Care
Stretching throughout the workday is great for preventative care.
If stiffness or aching muscles have been inhibiting your work, consider stretching to start you on the road to a potentially pain-free life.
Stretching Improves Posture
Sitting or standing for long periods of time can wear on your spine. Gravity starts to pull you down and poor postural habits may start to creep in.
Taking a minute or two to stretch throughout the day can realign and re-balance your posture.
Good posture reduces strain on the spine and neck, lowering the likelihood of shoulder, back, and neck pains and strains.