When a muscle is stretched you lengthen muscle fibres and “the longer these fibers are, the more you can increase the muscle in size when you do your strength training,” says expert David Geier, spokesperson for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports medicine. According to this article a more flexible muscle can be a stronger muscle and by building stronger muscles you increase your metabolism and your fitness level. Increasing your health is the important part of being a TaraMacRockstar. Not competing against other people or trying the latest fad workout. Flexibility = health. When I accept the change in my life to make myself healthier I will increase my own health put myself on a path to support the muscles I’m trying to build.
“Even if you’re aerobically fit, it helps to be limber, too, so your body can easily adapt to physical stressors,” says Margot Miller, a physical therapist in Duluth, Minnesota, and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association.
What’s more, stretching may improve your circulation, increasing blood flow to your muscles. And having good circulation can help protect you against a host of illnesses, from diabetes to kidney disease.
Greater flexibility has even been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. A 2009 study in the “American Journal of Physiology” indicated that people age 40 and older who performed well on a sit-and-reach test (a seated forward bend that measures flexibility) had less stiffness in their arterial walls, an indicator of the risk for stroke and heart attack.