Placing the final piece in a puzzle brings the picture to life. Each intricate shape is linked together and plays an important role in the overall image. Like a puzzle, our choice to train in Flexibility could be the missing link in your wellness journey of cardio and strength training.
Flexibility is the range of motion of your joints or the ability of your joints to move freely. This conditioning is important because it allows for better performance when playing sports or exercising, and during your day to day activities making bending, walking, and lifting easier. Research clearly indicates that joint range of motion is improved acutely and chronically following flexibility exercises.
Flexibility training should be a focus two to three days a week. One should incorporate a variety of different movements and stretching techniques into placing the final piece of their wellness puzzle.
- Always warm up before stretching. Stretching when your muscles are cold could lead to injuries
- stretch your entire body
- hold your stretch for at least 15 to 30 seconds, but do not bounce
- each stretch should be pain-free and last for 15 to 30 seconds, taking time to breathe normally
- improve range of motion and athletic performance
- decrease risk of injury, back pain, balance problems
- reduce muscle soreness by warding off stiffness to keep muscles loose and relaxed
- Increases blood flow to muscles and aids in recovery
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