8. I started sleeping better.
Back pain wasn’t my only problem before the experiment. I also had some pretty annoying sleeping issues. Insomnia, troubled sleep, feeling exhausted right after waking up — these words were well-known to me. But I didn’t really expect that stretching could help me get a good night’s rest.
It turns out that stretching before bed can relieve muscle tension and prevent sleep-disrupting cramps. When there’s nothing to disturb you at night, the quality of your sleep is improved and you feel more refreshed in the morning. So no more chamomile tea for me, stretching is the best remedy!
7. I finally feel my own body.
Of course, stretching is the perfect way to get a great body. But that’s not the point here. For me, stretching exercises have become a way to get my body back.
When you sit at your desk all day long, you literally don’t feel your legs on your way home from work. That’s how it was for me. But when I started stretching, I realized that my body needed my attention more than I actually thought. This better body awareness that developed as a result of the stretching allowed me to continue stretching in a smarter way, working on those muscles that were weaker and needed to be toned up.