Thursday, February 21, 2013
Flexibility & Good Health
Flexibility is a major component of physical fitness. Flexibility allows for efficiency while performing daily activities as well as prevents injury and aids in maintaining full range of motion. Other perks of being flexible include the reduction of lower back pain and muscle soreness along with improvement of posture, muscle coordination, and overall quality of everyday movements. By becoming more flexible, we are able to perform every day movements such as sitting, standing, walking up stairs, lifting and lowering heavy items without placing undo strain on our back.
How does a person become more flexible? By incorporating stretching into a daily routine, a person can start to see a difference in their level of flexibility in just a few weeks. A few easy ways to become more flexible include:
· Neck Stretch – Looking side to side, as well as up and down, to improve full range of motion in neck.
· Upper Back Stretch – Stretch each arm across your chest for 5 to 10 minutes daily.Back Stretch – Stand with arms hanging at your sides, and twist slowly at the trunk from side-to-side several times.
· Hamstring & Hip Flexor Stretch – Sit with one leg stretched outward and the opposite foot pulled to the inside of the knee; reach for toes and hold stretch for 10 seconds.
· Back, Shoulder, and Calve Stretches – Throughout the day, even while sitting at work, often flex hands, and feet to improve flexibility in arms, legs and back.
· Hip Flexor Stretch – Hold a deep lunge position, and then straighten back leg, while reaching for the sky.
Good flexibility will not happen overnight, but you can improve by incorporating a consistent stretching routine into your daily life. Stretch for good health!