The Important Connection Between Hydration and Stretching


When our lifestyles include too much sitting and too little physical exercise, or when stress and tension cause our muscles to feel stiff, achy, and painful, everyday movement can become difficult. In fact, as we age, an inability to move freely and easily can cause our independence to gradually become less than we desire. 

However, if you are looking for a way to lead a healthy and more pain-free lifestyle on a daily basis, flexibility is key. Walking, running, bending, catching, and throwing are all motor skills, and stretching regularly can improve both your range of motion and vital motor skills, allowing you to move further, and with less effort. 

Physically, stretching can significantly help with preventing injuries, improve circulation, enhance your ability to perform exercise and daily activities, and even assist in promoting better posture. Mentally, stretching has been associated with stress reduction and a decrease in tension headaches.

Regaining or keeping the ability to be active can help you feel younger and make it easier to maintain a healthy weight. Although getting and staying flexible may feel like a big challenge, adding small, positive steps can help you build a routine.

Hydration has a profound effect on almost every function in your body, and drinking enough water is paramount along with your stretching routine. Proper hydration helps with both joint movement and muscle strength, and your muscles cannot expand and contract properly if you don’t drink enough water. 

If you are not adequately hydrated, you may experience muscle cramps, pain, or tightness and stiffness in the movement of your joints. When you are trying to regain or maintain flexibility, your muscles need water. While it is important to be hydrated before stretching, it is equally vital to replace fluid that may be lost after the performance of your stretching routine.

It is especially crucial to ensure that the water you are consuming is as clean and pure as possible. Unfiltered water can contain chemicals and contaminants that can cause many undesirable health issues. Water from a high-quality whole home filtration system is a much safer choice to be assured of drinking the best. Brita PRO’s under-sink filtration application improves the taste, odor and quality of water for drinking with a high-capacity reverse osmosis system and makes pure, fresh water easy to access, encouraging and supporting adequate fluid intake while you strive to maintain or regain flexibility.

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