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I remember as a kid waking up to the noises of my mom doing what sounded like Lamaze breathing and groaning. I’d find her lying on our front lawn, in her robe, twisting her body this way and that. I would tell her she was embarrassing me (because I was a kid and everything embarrassed me) and that I wish she’d at least do this inside. But she was doing her stretches, and getting some important vitamin D to start her day. Today, I see that my mom had a point. And I’m glad that she stretched back then because now, as she’s a bit older, she’s actually in excellent shape. She manages to exercise daily and live without many of the medications, braces, and heat packs that many of my friend’s moms of the same age need just to get by. Was it the stretching that did it? It’s quite possible. Here is why you should stretch every day.

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Reduce blood sugar

You probably already know that exercise can reduce blood sugar, but did you know that simple stretching can, too? Studies have found that stretching can help lower blood sugar levels in type two diabetes patients.

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