No one likes to feel tense, stressed or rigid. Learning how to relax is the key to providing your body and mind with the peace it needs to stay sane. However, it isn’t just about relaxing your mind from what ails you, practicing muscle relaxation is a great way for any man to get his body under control and promote better well being.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a young adult, middle aged, or older. It doesn’t matter if you’re a hard working man, physically active in outdoor activities and sports, or are retired. Chances are you’re going to have some kind of stress in your life that will cause your whole body to ache at times. This is where muscle relaxation comes in. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this practice is only for athletes and avid gym-goers.
The benefits that come with this important technique are numerous, the most essential include the ability to slow your breathing rate, reduce your body’s need for oxygen, slowing your heart rate, increasing blood flow to the body’s most important muscles, lowering your blood pressure, and reducing uncomfortable muscle tension. As you get more experienced in muscle relaxation, you’ll also start to notice that you’ll suffer fewer headaches, have better concentration, improved efficiency, and a lot more energy to get you through the day.
There are a number of ways you can achieve muscle relaxation. Stretching and breathing are the most common. Stretching is ideal for men that are physically active either in the gym or through playing sports but can be done by any men that wants to improve their flexibility. Each stretch should be held for 15-30 seconds.
The back stretch is done by kneeling on the floor and stretching your arms as far as you can without pain. Keep your back rounded in order to release tension in the muscles. The hamstring stretch is done by trying to touch your toes while sitting or standing. The tricep stretch is done by extending one arm over your head, bending the elbow and pushing that arm gently behind your head using your other hand. There are many other types of stretching that allow your muscles to loosen up and prevent injury.
Sometimes relaxing your muscles can be as easy as breathing. The great thing about using breathing techniques to promote muscle relaxation is that it can be done anytime or as needed. Find a nice, quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Get into a comfortable position (sitting up tends to work best), close your eyes, and begin inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.
Do each for a count of 4 seconds. Continue this process and focus only on your breathing. This will slowly clear your mind of all your stresses and worries and you’ll start to feel your body relax and feel heavy. Eventually you’ll feel more energy and a great sense of relief. Feel free to do this breathing technique before bed, after a workout or whenever you feel a lot of stress.
Another great way to promote muscle relaxation is to take a trip to a sauna or steam room. This type of environment is ideal for increasing blood circulation and your body’s core temperature, and encourages more oxygen and nutrients to travel to the muscles that need it the most. Sauna and stream room sessions are best after a rigorous workout or when your body really needs some relaxation. But only stay between 10-15 minutes at a time and be sure to follow all the directions in the facility.