Flexibility

Kylie Lepere

What is flexibility?

Flexibility is defied as the ability of bending easily without breaking.

The benefits of being flexible.

1. Prevents aches, pains, and poor posture- as you practice yoga poses, your hips open, improving the alignment of your upper and lower leg bones, releasing strain on knee joints. Stretching also counters muscle tightness that can result from strengthening quads and hamstrings and put you at risk for knee injury, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Stretch hamstring muscles and increase flexibility in your hips to align pelvic bones and decrease the likelihood of back pain. The Mayo Clinic notes that a combination of flexible hips and upper legs and strong abdominal and back muscles can prevent back pain. Flexibility encourages good posture, which helps you to look, feel and move better.


2. Maximum motion- Flexible Achilles tendons protect you from tendinitis by allowing ankles the full range of motion when walking, especially uphill, or exercising. You decrease the probability of a sudden or gradual injury that could sideline you and cut into a fitness regime or send you to the bench instead of to home plate. The freer your movement, the better your performance in any physical activity.


3. Helps your heart- Flexibility protects your heart. A study published in the "American Journal of Physiology" in 2009 showed that adults aged 40 through 83 with poor flexibility had significantly more arterial stiffening. Arterial stiffness indicates an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. The test subjects in the study with high flexibility had corresponding arterial flexibility.


4. Balance emotions- The American Council on Exercise says that flexibility training, a program of dynamic and static stretches, increases physical and mental relaxation.


5. Keeps your balance- And physical balance is as important a benefit of flexibility as emotional balance. The AARP recommends that seniors tackle a strengthening and flexibility exercise program to improve balance and avoid the traumatic falls that injure and incapacitate more than a third of Americans over the age of 65 each year.


source: http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/health-benefits-can-achieve-being-flexible-1791.html

One improves flexibility by....

1. STRETCHING

Seriously it is all you need to do, there is many different types as shown in the source below.


source: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw80.htm

Personal connections

I can connect because in cheerleading we would have to warm up before we even started to do anything remotely close to doing our cheer routine, because if we didn't we would hurt ourselves while trying to preform the routine. Lastly none of the flyers would be as flexible as they are in the stunts without the flexibility they have.


As shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dqSTUe4jcY