Approach Management

ToolBox Talks: Why Stretch and Flex?

Soft tissue damage to a worker’s body generates the highest frequency for worker compensation claims.

 

 

It continues to be an increasing concern across all industry. It hurts not only the worker experiencing the soft tissue injury but also the company. An employer’s ability to stay competitive requires them to keep their worker’s safe and working.

 

Benefits of stretch and flex programs;

 

Improves flexibility – Being flexible is beneficial for everyday life. It allows you to push your body beyond its comfort zone, thus increasing your overall physical ability.

Improves the range of motion in your joints - This provides better balance, which will help keep you mobile and less susceptible to falls.

Improves circulation – Stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles, thus improving your circulation.

Relieves stress – Stretching relaxes tense muscles that often accompany stress. This helps relax the mind as well.

Injury prevention and recovery – Stretching helps condition the muscles and joints, thus helping to prevent injuries and reduce recovery time.

Improves posture and technique – Stretching prevents muscles and joints from seizing up and improves elasticity, allowing better posture and technique.

 

Plus, 

  • Increased length of relaxed muscles
  • Increased power and elasticity of our muscles
  • Increased endurance and metabolism
  • Assist in achieving better coordination, muscle control and proper technique in work
  • Enable your body to perform more with less energy

 

The physical worker is an athlete, though he or she may not have the glory of hearing the 12th man cheer for you. Taking care of yourself is important, before work begins, during the day and even afterwards. Stretching throughout the day is beneficial. Not stretching after an event can also lead to problems. Quite often an athlete is so lethargic that they forgo stretching and head for the locker room instead. This causes muscles and joints to seize up and stiffness to occur the following day. People who exercise infrequently or not at all are more prone to injury, mainly because their bodies aren’t conditioned to comfortably cope with movements that the body isn’t used to. Stretching can help resist injury as well as speed up recovery.

 

Also, drink plenty of water, keeping yourself hydrated, and your electrolytes up. Eating a healthy diet with fruit and vegetables is highly beneficial. This may sound boring but it can have good and lasting health effects on your body and its flexibility.

 

You are the most valuable resource and asset a company has.

 

Take care of yourself, give stretch and flex a try.

 

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