Learn the benefits of flexibility and exercise routines to help your flexibility. Flexibility is the ability of a joint and surrounding muscle to move through its full or optimal range of motion.
There are several benefits to having flexibility
- Decreased risk of injury
- Decreased stress
- Decreased chronic muscle tension
- improved postural awareness
- increased mind/body connection
- relief of muscle soreness
- Decreased low back pain
- increased motor performace
- increased self-discipline
- improved ability to perform activities of daily living
According to ASCM, flexibility is determines how flexible an individual is such as: age, sex, joint structure, and physical activity level. Participating in a regular stretching program will keep your muscles loose and functional.
How often should you stretch?
It is recommended that you stretch a minimum of 10 minutes 2 or 3 days a week. This is usually done during exercise warm up or cool down phases.
The intensity of your stretches should be to the point of mild discomfort, not hurting. You can gradually increase the range of motion as your muscle gets more flexible.
The time should be at least 10 minutes to make sure you are targeting all of the muscle groups.
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