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What are the benefits of flexibility training?

Eric Olsen
Fitness

Flexibility training provides a variety of benefits:

  • It delays or prevents the tendency to stiffen with age. 
  • It helps improve posture.
  • The relaxing effect of stretching helps control the harmful effects of stress.
  • It prevents injuries that can interfere with one's program of aerobic or strength training, as a tight, inflexible muscle is more prone to strains or tears.
  • Stretching is also essential for anyone striving for peak performance, because a flexible muscle can move more easily through its full range of motion.
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Flexibility training is phenomenal to complete and should be completed daily. Every individual should practice 5-mintues of active flexibility a day. This form of flexibility may come in the form of static stretching, holding a stretching in place for a period of time, active stretching, moving within the stretch, and/or dynamic stretching, active movement to prepare your body for the exercise in which you are about to start.

Benefits of flexibility include:

  • The ability to be more mobile and agile
  • Decreased soreness
  • Decreased risk of injury
  • Improved circulation
  • Healthier more balanced body

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