An important objective to keep in mind when starting on a fitness campaign is different ways to achieve and preserve your flexibility. Flexibility isn’t just a concern for the fitness gurus as it is absolutely necessary to maintain your flexibility for everyday functioning.
It’s especially imperative as adults age to maintain flexibility. Normal activities of daily living such as bending down to tie your shoes or reaching for items on high shelves involve a reasonable preservation of flexibility.
When flexibility is severely limited, even simple tasks like dressing yourself become either challenging or no longer possible. Another very good incentive to maintain or improve flexibility is to decrease the possibility of injuries.
Muscles that are too tight are often a source of pain upon movement that will frustrate anyone trying to exercise to win the battle of the bulge. When planning out your exercise routine, flexibility should be a part of your goal, but not your only focal point.
Achieving flexibility doesn’t mean that you should aim for being able to do contortionist activities. As with anything, increasing flexibility should not go to that extreme. If you try to take it to that extreme, you could risk injury by stretching your muscles too far.
What you should be doing is incorporating some stretching exercises into your workout routine. You can do some stretching before and after your other workout activities. Another good way to incorporate stretching into your activities is to do pilates or yoga along with your other physical activities of choice.
Working some stretching into your physical activities will help you to avoid injuries. For runners and joggers, stretching your muscles will help to minimize the effect of pounding on your joints.
Golfers may notice an improvement in their swing when the muscles of their shoulders are not as tight and become looser and more flexible.
Probably the most important part of your body to benefit from improved flexibility is your back. Your back is more prone to injury, spasms and pain when your muscles are tight. Patience is required for the improvement of flexibility.
Often, it can take a person months to master a new yoga pose. Flexibility goals will be different for every individual. It will depend on your limitations of range of motion and general level of fitness when you start working on your flexibility.
Increasing and maintaining flexibility should be done in conjunction with physical exercise that builds strength. Ideally, you’ll want to strike a balance of these two fitness goals to remain healthy and functional.