- Improves your posture
- Increases nutrient and blood flow to body tissues
- Improves athletic performance
- Decreases stress on your joints
- Decreases the risk of injury during activity
- Improves muscular coordination
- Prevents and/or reduces back pain
- Reduces sore muscles
- Increases your enjoyment of physical activity
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Why Improve Flexibility?
Whether you're naturally flexible or someone who really wishes they could still bend over and touch the floor with their legs straight, increasing your flexibility is beneficial to your health. Think you can be in truly great shape without flexibility training? Think again.
To increase your flexibility, start with simple steps. When you wake up in the morning, do a few light stretches in bed before you get up. Stretch your body lengthwise and to either side. Roll your wrists and ankles through their full range of motion. Do a few simple back stretches (yoga cat and cow postures are a great way to start your day). Take stretch breaks at work to extend your legs and always warm up and cool down before exercising. Without any extra flexibility training, you can be well on your way to a healthier, more flexible body.