Flexibility

Learn the basics about flexing

What is flexibility?

Flexibility is needed to perform everyday activities with relative ease. To get out of bed, lift children, or sweep the floor, we need flexibility. Flexibility tends to deteriorate with age, often due to a sedentary lifestyle. Without adequate flexibility, daily activities become more difficult to perform.

The benefits of being flexible

• Reduces stress in the exercising muscles and releases tension developed during the workout.

• Assists with posture by balancing the tension placed across the joint by the muscles that cross it. Proper posture minimizes stress and maximizes the strength of all joint movements.

• Reduces the risk of injury during exercise and daily activities because muscles are more pliable.

• Improves performance of everyday activities as well as performance in exercise and sport.

How does one improve their flexibility?

It's important to have good flexibility so you don't injure yourself. This does not just apply to athletes: anyone can hurt themselves if they happen to move the wrong way and overstretch a tight muscle. Flexibility exercises are especially important as we age, since much flexibility can be lost (making it harder to complete basic tasks and slowly decreasing independence). Increasing flexibility isn't hard but it doesn't happen overnight. You have to keep at it until you reach your goal and then stretch on a regular basis to keep yourself at that level.

How does this relate to my life?

Flexibility relates to my life and hopefully to a lot of other peoples lives. I stretch and do workouts on a daily basis to help my body maintain its stability. If you were to not stretch on a regular basis it will most likely affect you, as you move on in life you might develop muscles problems or pain in parts of your body. You want to be able to stretch and flex your body so as you grow you don't loose this ability that allows you to move your joints freely.