As hectic as life maybe, it is amazing to see that a lot of people nowadays try to incorporate working out into their daily routines. However, a lot of these people, especially men, will not include flexibility training as part of their daily workout regimen. This is simply because they either think it is a waste of time, or they just do not need it.
Little do they know, is that flexibility training is for everyone, not just Ballerinas! And its benefits are endless and will help a lot in their workout regimens.
What exactly is flexibility you may ask?
Flexibility is the ability of our joints and body parts to execute their full range of motion. Flexibility is required in all of our day-to-day activities such as bending, walking and lifting. Being flexible allows our muscles to remain mobile. But, like most things, flexibility decreases with age and it is very important to include flexibility exercises in our daily workouts.
There are two forms of flexibility training, dynamic and static. It is important to do a mix of both to get the best out of your training, just make sure that your body is properly warmed up before performing these exercises.
Difference Between Static and Dynamic Stretching:
- Static stretching is holding a pose usually 30-60 seconds for maximum effect.
- Dynamic is movement based to loosen up the joints and muscle before your exercise session.
Benefits of flexibility training:
- Reduce Lower Back Pain, as flexibility promotes muscular relaxation and because of this, it can decrease lower back pain. Our back muscles are almost always contracted throughout the day, whether sitting or doing activities, so they can become stressed and cause pain. Becoming more flexible in the hamstrings, hip flexors, and other muscles can help reduce that stress on the lower back.
- Flexible joints require less energy to move through a greater range of motion. Therefore, the more flexible you are, the less effort you exert to perform a movement.
- It reduces the risk of injury during exercise as your muscles become more elastic.
- Improves performance in exercise and sport, as it gives your joints a wider range of motion.
- It reduces muscle soreness, as it helps in reducing stress in the exercising muscles and releases tension developed during the workout.
- Stretching also improves muscular balance and posture by realigning tissue and thereby reducing the effort it takes to maintain good posture throughout the day.
Flexibility Training Is THE WORD!
Now that you know all about flexibility training and its importance, go give it a shot. You could either dedicate 20 minutes and do it on your own after your daily workout, or simply go attend a Yoga or a Pilates class nearby.