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As we sleep, our heart rate drops, our bodies become stiff from laying in the same position, and our blood pressure is low. Upon waking, before reaching for our phone and looking at our to-do lists, it is important to wake up our body gently. Not only will elongating and contracting our muscles relieve that muscle stiffness and allow our blood pressure to slowly rise, but it will get our blood flowing faster which, in turn, allows more oxygen to our brain. A great morning stretch will accelerate the release of mood-enhancing endorphines which will get your day started off on the right foot.
5 Benefits of Stretching:
1. Increase in Blood Flow: Adequate blood flow increases concentration and sharpens your senses. Per the Cleveland Clinic, it also helps deliver nutrients to your muscle tissues.
2. Helps Build Muscle: Yes, you read it right! BUILDS muscle…… Research…
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