Flexibility is unfortunately an afterthought for most people. A workout is incomplete without a flexibility and cool-down component. There are so numerous benefits of flexibility training that you NEED to take advantage of.
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To begin, let us define the term flexibility: a measure of the range of motion around a joint. There are a few things that limit this range of motion, most notably the joint’s physical structure including the bone, muscle and connective tissue.
So why is it so important?
Flexibility is required to perform daily activities with ease. To bend over, pick up your kids, vacuum the carpet or even get out of bed, you need flexibility. As flexibility deteriorates with age, we often find it more difficult to perform daily activities. We eventually create improper posture habits and body movements that often lead to reduced mobility of the joints.
Incorporating flexibility in your weekly workout routines will help prevent loss of mobility and will significantly reduce your chances of experiencing acute or chronic back pain as you age.
So what are some of the major benefits of flexibility?
Flexibility training can enhance your performance in cardiovascular training and muscular conditioning. Research has shown that improved flexibility drastically reduces risk of injury due to enhanced ability to move unimpeded through a wider range of motion.
Here are some benefits of flexibility training that you need to remember:
• Reduced stress in exercising muscles
• Improves posture; good posture minimizes stress and maximizes strength of all joint movements
• Reduced risk of injury-muscles become more pliable
• Improved performance in everyday activities
Here are some tips to remember for flexibility training:
Flexibility training should be performed AFTER your cardiovascular or resistance training component to achieve relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and body. At this point, your muscles are warm and pliable and ready to be lengthened.
Stretching should be performed after every workout. You need to focus on bringing each muscle to a point of slight tension. Make sure you are breathing in a relaxed state as your holding the stretch. Do not over stretch. Be comfortable.
I hope this article has helped you understand the benefits of flexibility training. You can take a look at the different techniques of flexibility training by reading about the common differences between static and dynamic stretching in my article Static Stretching vs Dynamic Stretching (coming soon).