Day one of #thanksgiving2017 prep starts with flexibility this cool Sunday morning in southeast Texas. Whether you’re preparing to feast, working on wellbeing or getting involved with #healthyparkshealthypeople, the preserve day use areas and trails provide places for yoga, tai chi, Pilates and static stretching, all improving our #Flexibility. #NPS#FindYourPark#BigThicket
Read on for more information about flexibility and its benefits. . . . . . . .
Purpose of Flexibility Training
It is important to include flexibility training as part of our daily routines. Improved flexibility may enhance performance in aerobic training and muscular conditioning as well as in sport. There is scientific evidence that the incidence of injury decreases when people include flexibility training in their routines due to the enhanced ability to move unimpeded through a wider ROM. The only exception to this would be when there is an excessive or unstable ROM, which may increase the likelihood of injury. When used appropriately, flexibility training allows us to become more in tune with our body. It is a form of active relaxation that can improve both mental and physical recovery.
After a long day of going and doing, we should all focus on relaxation and rejuvenation of mind and body. After pushing the body to work hard, it is time to encourage recovery. This is an excellent time for flexibility training because the muscles are warm and pliable, allowing them to stretch farther.
Following are some of the major benefits of flexibility training: • 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.
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