November 25, 2020
Flexibility refers to the ability to complete a range of motion through the joints and muscles. Flexibility is closely linked with our everyday activities because it not only plays an important role in enhancing everyday movement performance but also lowers the opportunity for strains or injury. More than that, flexibility training, is one of the five necessary and essential components of physical fitness. However, people have not been focusing too much on flexibility training compared with the more popular and prevailing exercises like strength training, muscle building, etc.
Dynamic and Static Flexibility
According to the definition of flexibility, it may be divided into Static and dynamic flexibility. As the name suggests, dynamic flexibility is in relation to the activities that need a full range of motion of joints such as sporting. Static flexibility, on the other way, is talking about flexibility more on the basic level, and that is the muscle elasticity and joint structure that support every stretch of you.
Three key components
Muscle elasticity, joint mobility and nervous system are the three key factors that determines how well your flexibility is. And all these three components could be significantly affected or impacted by regular flexibility exercise. Therefore, flexibility training is essential and necessary for us not only for the fitness purpose but also for maintaining good movement performance of daily activities.
■ Improve daily-activities performance
■ Increases Your Mobility
■ Relieve Lower Back Pain
■ Help to avoid Injury
■ Improved performance in exercise and sport
■ Increase Strength
■ Correct posture and improve balance
■ Relieve stress and tension
Overall, flexibility training is beneficial for us in both mental and physical ways.
First of all, flexibility improves the performance of daily activities. From the beginning to the end of each day, almost every single movement performed by your body needs the different levels of engagements of the flexibility of muscle and tendon. And the flexibility determines how much you could stretch, how deep you can squat or how big a circle you can swing. Flexibility significantly affects the performance of you everyday and the final outcomes of your life to some degree.
Furthermore, flexibility Increases Your Mobility. Before talking about mobility, we need to note that flexibility and mobility are actually two different concepts and are not the same thing. Flexibility is related to muscles and tendon and how much they can stretch and lengthen, while mobility is more about joints and how extensive a range of motion they can move. Generally speaking, mobility can be impacted by flexibility and other factors because flexible muscles and tendon make your joint move more comfortably with ease.
Also, Flexibility plays a vital role in prevention from injury. A lack of flexibility or tight muscle may result in muscle tension, strain or tear. Poor flexibility increases the possibility for injury and put yourself at risk of accidents in everyday activities. The certain flexibility training can relieve muscle soreness and stiffness, particularly suitable for fitness enthusiasts or athletes who are always in training with high frequencies and intensities.