I Wanna Go Fast!
When starting a new fitness program, whether it be to lose weight, tone up, feel better, build muscle, etc., we all want results fast. We can all expect a noticeable transformation to take time, but that doesn’t mean our desire for quick results just goes away.
I also prefer that immediate gratification. While lasting changes do take time and consistent practice, there is one thing you can do to help speed up the process.
I’m not talking about exercising and eating properly. That’s an obvious given. That one EXTRA thing you can do to get better results, faster is this:
Stretching in the morning and in the evening can amplify your results a number of ways.
- It increases your mobility. Consistent stretching allows your body to have a conversation with your nervous systems, telling them that it’s OK to allow greater range of motion. Gentle and intentional stretching allows your tissues to lengthen over time (or maintain length), which will not only keep you performing daily tasks more comfortably, but you’ll also perform more effectively in your workout.
- It improves digestion. Gentle stretches can help treat a variety of digestive woes. Constipation, bloating, and cramping are just a few of the discomforts that can be eased with stretching. Better digestion allows improved nutrient absorption, increased energy, better posture and improves your mood. If you’re grumpy…you might be constipated. Of course, if you’re experiencing chronic digestive problems, check with your doc. It could be a symptom of a more serious issue.