The Basics of Fitness-Flexibility

 

Flexibility

Flexibility is basically the ability to move your muscles and joints through their full range of motion.

A flexible body gives you freedom of movement to do the things you need to do and the things you like to do. Stretching exercises alone can improve your flexibility, but they will not improve your endurance or strength.

To better your chances for a flexible body start with performing simple basic exercises a few times, and when your muscles become more supple, you can increase the amount of time you spend trying more of these. It is of utmost importance for you to listen to your body, notice that if a stretch is causing you pain, stop immediately. Stretches should only produce mild tension, so don’t force yourself into a difficult stretch. Stretches should be held for 20 to 30 seconds.

How to increase flexibility

Several factors affect your flexibility quotient, including joint structure, age, sex, and activity level.

Do you remember the sit-and-reach test from your school days? This exercise was used to measure the flexibility of your low back and legs. Nowadays—in order to increase and maintain flexibility—you should stretch all the major muscle groups during each and every workout.

This means focusing on all of the following areas:

Upper Body

Lower Body

ARMS (Biceps & Triceps)

Thighs

Shoulders

Hips

Upper & Lower Back

Groin

Chest

Calves

Torso

 

If you have any injuries, such as a back injury, be cautious about what stretches you perform. Ideally, you should consult an expert who can give you advice specific to your injury. It’s also important to have variety in your routine so that you don’t get bored.

We suggest that a good warm up activity of going for a 10 minute walk should be sufficient to get you in the exercise grove. We hope you follow the above mentioned instructions to the ‘T’ for immediate benefits.

Look forward to your replies /suggestions.

 

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