Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/20/2014 -- A good fitness program is composed of three things: cardiovascular training, strength or resistance training, and flexibility training. Of these three things, flexibility is often the most ignored component despite its numerous health benefits.
A common misconception is that flexibility training is just stretching, like we often do in the morning or when we fill stiff. Flexibility training actually focuses on ease of movement in the joints of the body, and works to improve range of motion when a person extends, flexes, and bends the body. Reduced flexibility can not only lead to stiffness or soreness, but can actually reduce range of movement and restrict certain everyday movement’s overtime.
For those looking to improve fitness levels, flexibility training is essential for maintaining optimal movement in the body. The more able the body is to move, the better a person’s balance and coordination become. Flexibility training can also help reduce injuries that result from quick movements. Slipping on the ice can cause numerous injuries as the body moves quickly into odd positions to prevent the fall, but the easier a person can move due to their flexibility helps to reduce or even prevent these injuries.
Another benefit of flexibility training is that it feels good to the body. Tight muscles and stiffness translate into pain, and lengthening these muscles and connective tissues can provide a relief from the ache. Many fitness programs that focus on flexibility training (yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi to name a few) are also associated with a reduction in stress due to hormonal benefits that happen during the exercise.
Conscious breathing practiced during flexibility training can also help the body remember certain movement patterns. It helps resting muscles keep the body in proper alignment, which increases muscle tone and overall fitness.
When creating a balanced fitness program, don’t forget to include some aspect of flexibility training into an everyday workout. The body will move better, perform better, and the mind will feel more relaxed and balanced when all three physical fitness components are worked on.
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