Flexibility training is essential in preventing injuries, yet it is the one thing most people overlook when working out. In addition to preventing injuries, flexibility training decreases muscle imbalance and it is a key component in achieving optimum physical fitness. Furthermore, staying limber can offset age-related stiffness, improves athletic performance and optimizes functional movement in daily life. Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility.

Benefits of stretching:

  • Relax your mind and body
  • Preserve range of motion
  • Maintain/increase flexibility
  • Prevent injury during exercise
  • Prepare muscle for more vigorous activity
  • Help develop body awareness
  • Promote circulation

Tips to help you stay on track:

  • Set time aside for stretching
  • Make it part of your workout routine
  • Listen to your body (you should feel tightness, not pain)
  • Change your stretches to keep yourself motivated
  • Warm up first
  • Train yourself (learn to relax while stretching)
  • Do it consistently

Major muscle groups to stretch daily:

  • Spinal twist
  • Hamstring stretch
  • Him flexor stretch
  • Calf stretch
  • Chest stretch
  • Shoulder stretch
  • Quadriceps stretch
  • Forearm stretch
  • Tricep stretch
  • Inner thigh stretch
  • Back (cat stretch)

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