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Improving Upon Physical Flexibility

When an individual improves upon his or her physical flexibility, they increase their range of motion and can make exercising easier. Flexibility exercises also promote natural body alignment of bones and this adds to one’s ability to move freely and without effort. Flexibility exercises make the body extra limber, help stretch out tense, tight muscles, and reduce the risk of injury during exercises and regular day-to-day movements as well.

The benefits associated with increased flexibility included better physical health and performance, more stamina, better general health, better coordination, better bodily balance, and a decrease in bodily aches and pains. When conducting flexibility exercises the individual will start out slowly, so that he or she does not strain or injury muscles. Flexibility exercises are to be conducted in a gradual but progressive fashion; the more limber the body becomes, the easier flexibility moves and all exercise becomes. The body is kept squared during flexibility exercises so that the spinal column aligns properly and the individual conducting exercises for flexibility must maintain a constant awareness of his or her breathing and posture.

Exercises for flexibility should be performed immediately before every regular workout. Whether the individual plans to swim, walk, run or cycle, he or she should stretch out his or her muscles before starting an intense workout regimen. Exercises for flexibility will immediately make the individual conscious of any extra-tense or tight muscles that should be carefully tended too, and he or she can attempt to loosen up the muscles before exercising as well.

When performing stretching, the body releases tension so many individuals using flexibility exercises find the entire process relaxing and calming to the mind. When the body is less tense the mind follows; thus, flexibility exercises not only improve upon range of motion and flexibility, but they can greatly improve one’s mood and behavior. In fact, experts assert that the use of flexibility exercises and stretching helps to reduce one’s stress levels significantly. Best of all, the stress reduction techniques are all natural and offer lasting, long term affects.

When starting flexibility exercises, the individual will want to keep the number of repetitions low, and to gradually increase the repetitions as he or she grows accustom to the exercise in question. If the individual notices pain, he or she should take it easy on the muscles being stretched.  At first, there will be stiffened and sore muscles that one experiences, particularly if the individual is not use to exercising all the time. Over time, with practice and with continual use, this stiffness and soreness will diminish.

One should note that there is a fine line between the pain generated from muscular disuse or lack of use, and the pain associated with exercise/stretching strain and overzealous efforts. The individual looking to gain the benefits from a flexibility regimen should never overdo it in his or her efforts to become flexible. More exercise or extensive stretching is not equivalent to immediate flexibility. It can, however, lead to significant injury and muscle issues.

Robin Reichert is an AFPA Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. She has been studying natural health, wellness, nutrition, and physical fitness for over 10 years and holds an MS in Natural Health from Clayton College. She is also an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer. Her passion is to educate and empower people to take charge of their health and fitness. To learn more, please visit Robin’s Wellness Resource Center at http://www.wellness-bee.com

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