Movement is essential for your overall well-being. Increase your flexibility and change your life.
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With an increase in sedentary lifestyles, it is essential that you maintain flexibility. Otherwise, as you age, your flexibility will deteriorate and the simple, daily activities will become a chore.
We need to encourage this even in our children. They are sitting much more than they use to. What happened to sandbox time, running and playing tag, bicycling, and imaginative play?
It’s all been moved to screen time with little to no movement from the couch. It’s gamer this, SnapChat that. Instagram story up to bat.
If you want to impact your life and your children’s lives, you need to be a role model.
Increase your flexibility and change your life.
Flexibility gets you moving in all the right direction. It enhances your daily life; it’s the basics that keep you healthy.
Let’s expand on the purpose of flexibility. It can help enhance your performance in resistance and aerobic training. Science supports that injury decreases with flexibility training and allows for a greater ROM (range of motion).
Think about it. When you are doing the laundry (which none of us can get out of), you are moving side-to-side, up and down.
Flexibility supports your muscles. It allows you to move more freely.
Also, you become more in tune with your body (i.e., where you hurt, unnecessary tightness, etc.)
Benefits of Flexibility Training:
- Reduces stress in your muscles worked during exercise.
- Releases the build-up of tension during exercise.
- Helps to improve posture.
- Reduces the risk of injury.
- Improves your overall strength as it increases your ROM.
BASIC Q&A for FLEXIBILITY:
How often do you perform flexibility training? DAILY
How long (the duration) do you need to practice flexibility? 5-10 minutes (2-3 times per day).
How hard is flexibility training? Will it hurt? Stretching should not be painful. You will experience discomfort or feel a little uncomfortable. But the tightness will release. If you feel pain (sharp or stabbing pain, pain in the joint), you should NOT be stretching!
TYPES of STRETCHING:
- Static Stretching: COLD, no warm-up. specific to an area; hold the position for 20 seconds, rest 20 seconds, then repeat 2x.
- Dynamic Stretching: WARM. it’s the full ROM of an area.It warms up the joints, maintains flexibility, and reduces muscle stress and tension.
So now is your time. Are you ready to increase your flexibility and change your life?
The K.I.S.S. ~ Trade the couch for a stretch!
Guidelines for flexibility training:
- Go slow. Work within your limits.
- Breathe deeply. Smooth, slow, and steady.
- Focus on each muscle. Feel the tension and stress release. Hold the stretch for 10-30 seconds. Think of counting.
- Modify to fit your ability.
- Connect the training with your meditation.
“Stretch it out and change your life.”
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