When it comes to physical fitness the thought of lifting heavy weights or running long distances comes to mind. This is the case, more than the thought of touching your toes or doing the splits.
Stretching and staying flexible play a big part in maintaining a person’s physical fitness and strength.
Ensure you make it a part of your everyday exercise routine. Here are four reasons flexibility is super important when it comes to fitness.
Keep you and your body injury free
According to BHD Orthopedic’s sports medicine page, increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily and can reduce your risk of injury. Stretching and staying flexible prevents injury while you exercise. It will also help to prevent injury in your day-to-day life.
You might have a job in which you have to bend down a lot and pick up objects. Flexibility will ensure that you don’t injure yourself while doing it. It can even help prevent injury from seemingly harmless body movements. Things such as getting up quickly out of bed, out of a chair, or even tossing and turning in your sleep are affected.
Help with endurance and strength
Flexibility helps your performance at the gym. It allows you to being able to lift more weights, deepen your squat, or lengthen your stride in running.
Being more flexible and improving your flexibility is actually a way you improve in each and every one of these areas and more.
Stretching all of your body after you exercise will help you to achieve and even surpass your fitness goals. It will also help to prevent injury as you push yourself even more physically.
Take the pain out of the gain
They say no pain no gain. But in fact, the more flexible you are, the more likely you are going to have not as much pain after exercise or physical activity.
Staying flexible and stretching will help with the recovery process after an especially physically difficult exercise.
It also will help with areas that you may already be experiencing pain in. It might possibly ensure that those areas don’t bother you anymore.
Keeps your mind, body, and spirit open
One of the biggest goals of certain types of stretches in Yoga is to open the mind, body, and spirit to be more receptive and to let go of anything it doesn’t need.
Even if you don’t necessarily believe in that type of stuff, flexibility does help to improve your mental state and make you happier because your body will be in a better state and more than likely pain-free.
Flexibility is a great way to relieve stress and to relax, and it really isn’t too hard of a habit to get into for all the rewards you will reap by doing it.
Being flexible in all areas of your life, especially physically, ensures that you are open to improving yourself and doing the things that you want to do without hurting yourself in the process.