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Why is flexibility an important component of physical fitness?

National Academy of Sports Medicine
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Flexibility is extremely important for physical fitness. Poor flexibility decreases your body’s ability to maintain proper posture, limits proper joint motion increasing the risk for low-back pain, joint pain, and injury during everyday activities. Conversely, having adequate flexibility and mobility will help reduce joint stress decreasing general aches and pains, in addition to improving your overall quality of movement.

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