It’s easy to understand why exercise is so important for keeping the heart healthy. New research now shows that stretching your legs at least 5 times a week could reduce cardiovascular disease risk. This 12 week study looked at passive stretching of your legs like quad stretches, barre stretches or using a training band.
At the end of the study, the group who performed the passive stretches 5 days a week showed a significant improvement in blood flow, dilation of the arteries, and stiffness in both the upper arm and the lower leg.
While those in the study were healthy individuals, further research should also look at patients with preexisting cardiovascular issues to help determine whether or not passive stretching can serve as a natural preventive treatment for cardiovascular risks.
Do you stretch regularly? Would you include daily stretching if it can reduce cardiovascular disease risk for you?
Want to see more articles like this? Subscribe to this blog (just click on “Follow”) and get each new post delivered to your email or feed reader. To follow me and get even more tips on how to live your life in 3-D, including improving your diet, choosing cutting edge nutritional products and effective weight loss strategies be sure to like me on Facebook here and here, sign up for my FREE weekly No-Nonsense Nutrition Report (and get a free gift!), follow me on Pinterest and Twitter!
Make gradual changes. Boost health, vitality and energy. Become your best YOU.