6. I feel less sluggish.
I used to have trouble staying awake during my long, dragging day of work. Around midafternoon, I felt so sluggish and lethargic that all I could do is try to think of a place where I could take a nap safely, while my boss was busy with other things.
Stretching right at my desk for 10 minutes a day helped me significantly increase my energy level. I don’t feel lazy anymore. On the contrary, my productivity at work improved and I’ve even adopted the habit of taking a walk during my lunch break. Goodbye to my midday fatigue!
5. My back pain has gone away.
The constant pain in my back is what made me start this experiment. I had always heard that stretching helps heal and prevent lower back pain by strengthening the muscles and reducing the risk for muscle strain. Surprisingly, it was true.
As a repetitive sitter, who practically has no time to do a full workout every day, I had to choose something that could reduce the stiffness in my back and return mobility to my glute muscles without being too time-consuming. Turned out, stretching was a great choice.
After a month of doing stretching exercises, I finally feel relieved — and there’s no pain anymore. Besides that, my muscles have become stronger and there are no more knots in my shoulders.
4. My lab results have become better.
Some studies show that stretching exercises also help lower cholesterol and keep glucose levels in check by preventing the hardening of arteries and increasing blood flow to all your internal organs. So I decided to prove this point too.
Before the experiment, I didn’t really care about my health. A lack of regular exercise, poor dietary habits, and sedentary lifestyle — all contributed to my high cholesterol and sugar levels. However, stretching on a routine basis helped me a lot — the results of my blood tests went back to normal.
3. My coordination has improved.
“Stretching can prevent muscle tightness and bring your body back to feeling more balanced,” that’s what I read a month ago. Well, I can’t say that I had some coordination issues in the past — if you sit still in your chair throughout a day, you don’t need to have a perfect sense of balance, right?
However, I felt that something was wrong when I tried to ride a bike a few years ago. I just couldn’t keep it balanced, and it would start to lean here and there over and over again. Today, I just can’t understand why such an easy task was so difficult for me and I’m proud to say that I finally showed gravity who’s boss!
2. I feel less stressed.
When you’re experiencing stress, there’s a good chance that your muscles are tense. This is called psychosomatics. In theory, this sounds pretty sensible, but I would have never thought that stretching really works better than any sedatives.
I’ve already mentioned that my productivity at work has improved. But it didn’t just happen because of the energy boost. Stretching has also helped me calm my mind and return my sense of well-being. This mental calm has actually helped me feel relaxed and work with a clear mind, without any annoying or negative thoughts.
1. I don’t feel cold all the time.
You probably know that stretching increases the blood supply to your muscle tissue. However, I personally had no idea that this benefit would concern not only my muscles, but all of my internal organs and body parts too.
Without moving too much, I used to always feel cold, especially in my hands and feet. Whatever I did to warm them up didn’t work in the long run — my palms were freezing again after a few minutes of exercising.
A stretching routine has allowed me to enhance the transportation of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the whole body. Now, this better circulation helps me keeps my temperature normal in all of my body parts naturally.