As is the same with every goal, if you want to achieve a high level of ability it’s important to build a reliable foundation; and as you probably guessed, flexibility plays a fundamental part of that foundation in martial arts.
Even though stretching has incredible benefits, if you’re like most people, you’ve more than likely neglected this important aspect of athletics.
Here are 4 valuable benefits of stretching that everyone should be aware of:
1) Improves Breathing
Probably the most important point; how you inhale and exhale while under strain improves core strength while significantly improving the transfer of oxygen to your muscles.
2) Calms the Mind
Heavily linked to many forms of meditation, even after a short period of time, stretching introduces Zen-like applications that provide a mental break and recharges the body.
3) Increases Nutrient Supply
In conjunction with improving oxygen circulation across the body, the same goes for nutrient supply to muscles! This reduces soreness (lactic acid build up) and risk of injury.
4) Improves Posture
Of course this is a no-brainer! Many of us spend a lot of time at computers which pull the chest and shoulders forward, hunching the body. Stretching helps to lengthen tight muscles and correct posture.