In this time of quarantine, it is more important than ever to keep active. As many people are not keeping as physically active as they usually would, health professionals are stressing the importance of finding new ways to stay healthy.
If you're looking for something easy you can do to (anywhere, even with limited space) to help your circulation, here it is...
Stretching is a great way to stay healthy, improve flexibility, and help keep blood flowing.
Active vs. Passive Stretching
Many people are familiar with active stretching, which is done on their own, but passive stretching has been found to offer more health benefits. Passive stretching involves an external force, including another person or gravity performing the stretching.
It is known as a type of stretching in which you stay in one position for a set time. You’re able to relax your body while a partner, accessory, or prop intensifies the stretch by putting external pressure on your body. You can also use the floor or a wall.
For the study, researchers at the University of Milan assigned 39 participants into two groups. Participants included both men and women of all ages. The control group did not receive any stretching, whereas the experimental group performed leg stretches five times a week for 12 weeks.
Changes in Arteries
These changes in the arteries may lead to implications for health problems such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. All these diseases are characterized by changes in blood flow control due to an impaired vascular system.
Emiliano Ce, an author on the paper, said, “This new application of stretching is especially relevant in the current pandemic period of increased confinement to our homes, where the possibility of performing beneficial training to improve and prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other conditions is limited.”
Researchers hope these findings could serve as a new drug-free treatment for improving vascular health and reducing disease risk, especially in people with lower mobility. It is also thought that stretching may be used during hospitalization or after surgical interventions.
EXAMPLES OF PASSIVE STRETCHING
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Laying Down Hamstring Stretch
Standing Quad Stretch
DOORWAY SHOULDER RELEASE
Stand in a doorway.
Bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle, with your palms facing forward.
Press your palms into the doorframe.
Step forward with your left foot as you stretch your shoulders and chest.
Hold this position for up to 1 minute.
Before beginning any new routine, always check with a healthcare professional. They will be able to offer options on ways to stretch appropriately and make sure you’re performing moves that are going to keep you healthy.