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The science of stretching: Understanding flexibility

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Physiologically speaking, « flexibility » is the capacity to move muscles and joints through their complete range. The surprising fact is that it’s an ability we are born with but lose gradually while getting older. As a proof, babies and young children have this funny ability to take the weirdest twisted positions ever.

Yet, our sedentary lifestyle isn’t the only malefactor in this. Normally, the human body dehydrates with age. That’s where stretching interferes by stimulating the production of tissue lubricants.

To draw the full picture, your muscles are composed of myofilaments that meet together and imbricate when the muscle contracts.

During a stretch, the muscle loosens and elongates, minimizing the areas of myofilament overlap.

Simply put,  this process is similar to detangling a jumbled bunch of strands by extending them.

That’s why having a good post-class stretch helps your muscles in their healing process, prevents injuries and keeps you from feeling sore the day after.

Regular stretch helps improving  blood circulation, stimulating the internal organs, reinforcing mobility, joint  lubrication and healing abilities. And yet, even a quick stretch at the end of the day can give you a second wind.

Needless to say, exercising controlled breathing and focusing on the targeted muscles ensure getting the most of your stretch. The connection between relaxation, stretching, and breathing is intelligible.

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5 Amazing Facts About Dreams !

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The Dream is an eye-opening, and sometimes a nightmarish, journey to another world related to ours, new faces, new places, mysterious images and many questions but no answers.

Dreams are all of that and much more. Here are 5 Amazing facts about dreams that’ll make you Surprised !

 

Fact #1: You can’t read anything while dreaming, or even tell what time it is  :

Sometimes you are unsure if you are dreaming or not, the easier way is to try reading something. Try to create a book in the dream and read its first lines. Well mostly you will fail and the majority of people can not read in their dreams !

The same goes for time. Each time you try to look at clock and know the time, you will get a different time and it will not be clear. Does that mean that there is no Time in the dreams ? or is Time just a river in the dreams ! Let me know what do you think !

 

Fact #2: Lucid dreaming

There is a whole subculture of people practicing what is called lucid or conscious dreaming.

There are many techniques and ways to learn how to control your dreams. Many people have this skill and can make amazing things like flying, swiming, visiting many places and creating many new dimentions !

Next time, we will talk more about these techniques !

 

Fact #3: Inventions inspired by dreams

As I told you, dreams can be a door to another world. This door is a great source of inspiration and innovation and there are many example among the greatest inventions of mankind :

The idea for Google -Larry Page

Alternating current generator -Tesla

DNA’s double helix spiral form -James Watson

The sewing machine -Elias Howe

Periodic table -Dimitri Mendeleyev

…and many, many more.

 

Fact #4: Premonition dreams

In this case  dreams open a door for the future , there are many people who dreamt about things which happened to them later, exactly as they saw in their dreams !

You could say they got some signs from the future or it might just have been pure coincidence. That’s really interesting . How can they know about their future !

Some of the most famous premonition dreams include:

Abraham Lincoln dreamt of His Assassination

Many of the victims of 9/11 had dreams warning them about the catastrophe

Mark Twain’s dream of his brother’s demise

19 verified precognitive dreams about the Titanic catastrophe

 

Fact #5 Unbelievable sleepwalkers

Sleepwalking is a very rare and potentially dangerous sleep disorder.

It is an extreme form of REM sleep disorder, and these people don’t just act out their dreams, but go on real adventures at night.

If you see someone who has this issue, don’t be afraid and try to wake him up and he will be back to the normal mood. Be careful because He can commit suicide or jump from his window when he is sleeping. So wake him up or make sure that he is back to his bed !

 

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