An often overlooked but very beneficial type of exercise is flexibility training. Flexibility training is critical to preventing injury and staying mobile.
As people ages, flexibility naturally deteriorates making it difficult to do simple tasks. The lifestyles that most working age people have are becoming more and more sedentary and this is not good for our bodies. Back pain, sore knees, and shoulders can all be prevented or relieved with periodic flexibility training.
Stretching exercises should include all major body muscle groups, such as forward as well as side lunges, seat straddle, bent knees to chest, quad stretching, and can be performed daily. It would be a great idea to add these exercises to your morning routine before starting your day, where each activity would be repeated a few times as comfortable.
It is also very important to stretch prior to and after working out. This helps to get muscles warmed up and cooled down and also improves motion ranges.
Flexibility training techniques includes static stretching and dynamic stretching.
Static stretching (i.e. toe touches) involves staying in one place and holding a stretch slightly past your comfort level and holding it for at least 5 seconds. This type of training helps to improve your range of motion.
Dynamic stretching (i.e. knee tucks) involves performing an active movement not exceeding your static capabilities. This type of training helps to warm up the joints and muscles in your body in preparation for an activity.
Be sure to include flexibility training into your workout plan as it will help to enhance your physical performance and overall well-being.