Flexibility training is when you work to increase your body and joints’ range of motion.
Flexibility exercises can range from stretching before and after workouts to more intense stretches and poses (like with Yoga).
It makes movement easier while building strength and stability at the same time. It also increases your range of motion and improves your balance.
There are many more benefits to becoming flexible through flexibility training:
Flexibility training improves your body’s ability to withstand stress from other exercises and daily activities. It can also get rid of muscle imbalances and tightness. This reduces the risk of falling and muscle tears.
It also improves your range of motion. This means that your body requires less energy to make some movements.
By improving the flexibility of your joints you are less likely to injure them during exercise from overextension and stress from too much weight.
Flexibility training lengthens and opens your muscles. By loosening your muscles, they are less tense when performing exercises, which reduces the risk of muscle cramps and pain.
Loosening your muscles can also enable them to train for longer without becoming stiff or fatigued.
Improves posture and balance
Flexibility training corrects muscle imbalances. It does this by using muscles with the flexibility to compensate for muscles with poor flexibility.
By correcting these muscle imbalances, flexibility training works to properly align your body. This means improved posture and balance.
Reduces lower back pain
Flexibility training helps your muscles relax. This can reduce back pain.
Your lower back muscles take a lot of strain throughout the day as they NEVER stop working. They become stressed.
By improving the flexibility of your hamstrings, hip flexors and quadriceps, you take away some of the stress on your lower back.
When you have muscle imbalances, your back also takes up a lot more stress to compensate for where other muscles are lacking. By correcting these muscle imbalances, flexibility training reduces the stress on your lower back.
Increases blood flow
Flexibility training increases the blood supply to muscle tissues. Your body uses blood to deliver water, oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. This not only improves muscle performance but increases synovial fluid in the joints, which lubricates them. This improves your range of motion, lessens joint pain and reduces the risks of joint degeneration.
Improves muscle coordination
Flexibility training increases neuromuscular coordination. Nerve-impulse velocity, which is the time it takes an impulse to travel to the brain and back) is improved with flexibility. This helps opposing muscle groups work in a more coordinated function.
Flexibility training is one of the key components of your body’s mobility and functionality. It can improve your blood flow, enhance muscle mobility and coordination, reduce back pain and significantly decrease the risks of getting injured because of things like overextension.
If you want to learn more flexibility training and other forms of training, we definitely recommend that you do our Personal Training Diploma. Read more here.