- Stretching can also be helpful if you feel chronically fatigued
- It can improve blood circulation in the body
- It can improve posture and range of motion in joints
The importance of stretching cannot be stressed enough. Stretching is one of the most underrated aspects of a workout. In one of her recent posts on social media, celeb nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar talks about Suptapadangushtasana, a yoga pose which involves stretching and can help in getting relief from pains and body ache. According to Diwekar, everyone must do this asana every day, especially if aches, pain occur to you regularly and if you are recovering from a disease or surgery. Stretching regularly can reduce your risk of injury. More importantly, it can help in accelerating recovery from a strenuous exercise routine and even mental exhaustion.
All the reasons why stretching is important for you
As part of the latest guideline of her ongoing fitness project, Diwekar says that stretching after exercise ensures that you don't crash after exercise or catch infections and fall frequently sick because of exercise.
Stretching yoga asanas can also be helpful if you feel chronically fatigued and have blood pressure, diabetes and thyroid issues. If you have knee pain, weak joints and back pain, then stretching is especially important for you. "In fact, anyone who has been advised to not exercise can also safely stretch, provided you do it right," writes Diwekar.
Rujuta Diwekar lists the following benefits of stretching:
1. Improves range of motion in joints
2. Improves blood circulation
3. Improves coordination
4. Improves posture
5. Reduces aches and pains
In the video, Diwekar also talks about Suptapadangushtasana and how it can help in reducing aches, pains and recovery. The asana involves a total of three stretches. They need to be done by while lying down on the floor.
Doing this asana every day is especially important for people who are in desk jobs or those whose lifestyle involves sitting for long periods of time. Sitting more and moving less can jam up your lower body, weaken your back and dry up the synovial fluid around the knees.
"But the Suptapadangushtasana series is a good starter to undo these damages," says Diwekar.
Watch the video below to know how to perform the yoga pose step by step.
How to include suptapadangushtasana in your daily routine
- You can do it once in the morning and once in evening, this is especially helpful for people with diabetes and high blood pressure.
- In case you workout regularly, then suptapadangushtasana should be done before and after your workout. After your workout, you should hold the stretching pose for longer.
- During periods or when you experience chronic fatigue, you can do it any time of the day. Diwekar recommends sunset as the appropriate time to do it. Repeat it twice on both sides.
- Do it bedtime or first thing in the morning if you have arthritis, body pain, cramping legs, arthritis or osteoporosis.
(Rujuta Diwekar is a nutritionist based in Mumbai)
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