Flexibility: Tips and Benefits

Different types of exercises contain different benefits. Three types of exercises are required for health and well-being. They are cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and flexibility. Stretching seems to be one of the more forgotten types of exercises. It brings many benefits to the body. One of its many benefits include less back pain.

Back pain is one of the major problems in our society. Much of this pain can be due to tight muscles. By engaging in stretching exercises you loosen up muscles of the lower body which helps to release stress on the spine. Stretching helps relieve stress and strain on the muscles of the back.

Another added benefit is that of injury prevention.  Being flexible loosens up the muscles and gives an increased range of motion. This allows you to be able to do more activities without the risk of stretching your muscles past their capacity.

So how can one improve their overall flexibility? Here are four tips from livestrong.com that can help you become more limber and flexible.

  1. Incorporate Static and Dynamic Stretching into Your Routine
    Static stretches are slow, prolonged stretches. This is the type that is held in the same position for a certain amount of time. Dynamic stretching is the type that brings the heart rate up and includes quick exercises. Try incorporating these two types for at least 10 minutes per day.
  2. Strength Training
    This is a great way to increase strength and flexibility. By creating strong muscles the muscle can relax easier and has less contraction than a weak muscle. Stronger muscles have a greater range of motion and help overall flexibility.
  3. Yoga
    This is an easy way to make sure you get your stretching in every day. Each type of yoga has its own benefits. Hatha yoga creates poses that are held for long periods while Kundalini stretches are more vigorous.
  4. Pilates
    Pilates focuses on the core and uses body weight to hold different poses. These poses use a combination of strength and flexibility to hold the body in place.

Incorporating flexibility into your daily routine will help you be healthier, stronger and more limber. 

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