Why flexibility / mobility and stretching is important
Flexibility can seem to be one thing your either born with or without, join any Pilates or yoga session and you will see the wide variety of flexible capabilities within a single group. Whether your able to touch your toes or not don't panic because even if your less naturally flexible, flexibility can be taught and learned through a variety of different ways; from using blocks and bands to ensure your Able to achieve the correct stretch and let your muscles lengthen over time to simply using a repetitive low resistance assistance from a partner or friend to help you get deeper over time. Better flexibility may: Improve your performance in physical activities, decrease your risk of injuries and help your joints move through their full range of motion. Flexible muscles help improve how well you can move your joints and that's why flexibility is an important component of mobility. It's difficult to move a joint if the muscles and tissues surrounding it are too tight. Tight muscles can pull on a joint, causing it to become misaligned and unstable. Muscles that are inflexible tire more quickly, causing opposing muscle groups to work harder. Muscle fatigue can lead to
muscular injuries and the inability of the muscles to protect joints from more severe injuries. Flexibility is extremely important for physical fitness. Poor
flexibility decreases your body's ability to maintain proper posture, limits proper joint motion increasing the risk for low- back pain, joint pain, and injury during everyday activities.
6 key benefits of flexibility
Improved flexibility produces a wide range of physical benefits and can have a positive effect on your overall well-being.
1. Fewer injuries
Once you develop strength and flexibility in
your body you’ll be able to withstand more
physical stress. Plus, you’ll rid your body of
any muscle imbalances, which will reduce
your chance of getting injured during
physical activity. Correcting muscle
imbalances requires a combination of
strengthening the underactive muscles and
stretching the overactive (tight) ones.
2. Less pain
Your body is likely to feel better overall
once you work on lengthening and opening
your muscles. When your muscles are
looser and less tense, you’ll experience
fewer aches and pains. Plus, you may be
less likely to experience muscle cramps.
3. Improved posture and
When you focus on increasing muscular
flexibility your posture is likely to improve.
Working out your body allows you to have
proper alignment and correct any
imbalances. Plus, with an increased range
of motion you may find it easier to sit or
stand in certain ways. Yoga has
been shown to improve balance.
4. A positive state of mind
Regularly engaging in poses that stretch
and open up your body can bring about
feelings of relaxation. The physical benefits
can extend to a relaxed state of mind. You
may find it easier to unwind once your body
5. Greater strength
It’s important to increase strength as you
become more flexible. This ensures your
muscles will have the right amount of
tension so that they’re strong enough to
support you and your movements, allowing
you to become more physically fit.
6. Improved physical
Once you increase your flexibility to allow
greater movement in your body you’ll be
able to perform better physically. This is
because your muscles are working more
Stretching your body to become more
flexible offers many physical benefits. Such
training allows for easier and deeper
movements while building strength and
stability. Stretching your muscles and
joints also leads to greater range of motion,
improved balance, and increased flexibility.
Key Benefits of stretching
Improve your performance in physical
Decrease your risk of injuries.
Help your joints move through their full
range of motion.
Increase muscle blood flow.
Enable your muscles to work most
Improve your ability to do daily activities.
It is not simply good enough to simply
stretch and keep flexible, we must also
keep mobile especially in our older age as if
we do not keep mobile it can lead to a
whole host of issues such as: obesity,
impaired strength and balance, and
chronic diseases such as diabetes and
Key Benefits of Mobility
Greater joint range of motion and freedom
Decreased risk of injury.
Reduced muscle tension and soreness.
Improved movement efficiency.