Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Health and fitness: Stretching is good for your arteries



From back in 2009, a pretty interesting article about the connection between flexibility and arteriosclerosis: Health and fitness: Stretching is good for your arteries - latimes.com;

From the study abstract:

"Flexibility is one of the components of physical fitness as well as cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength and endurance. Flexibility has long been considered a major component in the preventive treatment of musculotendinous strains. The present study investigated a new aspect of flexibility. Using a cross-sectional study design, we tested the hypothesis that a less flexible body would have arterial stiffening. These findings suggest that flexibility may be a predictor of arterial stiffening, independent of other components of fitness."

Here's the link for the study: http://ajpheart.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/297/4/H1314.

So, with a grain of salt, because of the words "independent of other components of fitness," this seems like yet another good reason to stretch!

11 comments:

  1. stretching rocks! I am lazy bout it, but when I take the time I feel like a million bucks and it helps!

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  2. I have grossly disregarded stretching lately...

    Instead I concentrated on massage. However I remember I used to feel so much better when I did stretching.

    Thanks for this!

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  3. I could use some guided stretch classes requiring me to do certain muscle groups each day - D

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  4. I always stretch after my workouts. My husband never does and thinks I'm crazy! Whatever! It makes me feel better and that's why I do it. :)

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  5. I stretch about 50% of the time, I need to do better!

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  6. I couldn't have said it better than Skierz. I was actually thinking today on the bike that I would do some major stretching on Saturday before the SD Int'l Tri.

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  7. I'm vigilant about stretching, after dealing with a pulled hamstring, don't want to go down that road again!

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  8. I'm glad about stretching rocks! I am lazy bout it, but when I take the time I feel like a million bucks and it helps!

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  9. Well thank you, you give me a great reason to do more stretching everyday.

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  10. Thanks for your wonderful article. I have saved it and will get back to this soon for more info.

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  11. This is a great blog post. Thank you very much for the excellent information you shared! I was looking for this information for a long time, but I wasn’t able to see a reliable website.

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