Flexibility exercises are important for many reasons. They enable more fluid movement in both joints and muscles and allow you to gain a wider range of motion in all parts of your body. There are various flexibility exercises that can be performed for each muscle group and they are a very important part of your regular fitness routine.
Flexibility training will also allow you to reap the full benefits of all other exercises. Stretching is what helps your body become ready for the exercise to come. Failing to do so can actually cause injury. You will also find yourself unable to perform he exercise to the fullest, thus diminishing the return you will receive. Stretching before you exercise also helps it be less painful during the workout. That isn't all.
Stretching after you exercises will help keep your joints and muscles moving fluidly and is just as important as stretching beforehand. These two stretching times are called warm up and cool down. You should incorporate both into every fitness routine you follow and every workout.
Stretching is also an essential part of recovering from aerobic activity and bodybuilding. When your muscles are worked very hard, the fibers are broken down. When this occurs, your muscles need time to recover. It is during the recovery process that your muscles actually grow. Stretching will make this process less painful and help you avoid injury. It will also help your muscles recover more thoroughly which will then build muscle mass.
Range of motion, which was mentioned above, is important. This is what allows you to move more freely and easily. Just think of the little things you do every day: reaching, bending, pulling and pushing. These all take energy and range of motion. The more flexible you are, the easier they are to accomplish. Flexibility exercises will help improve this and make you feel better all around.
Your warm up and cool down should last approximately ten to 15 minutes each. As you warm up, your body is prepared for the vigor's of exercises just as when you cool down, it is prepared for normal activity once again.
Flexibility training is important for many reasons, as indicated above. Failing to add it to your normal exercise routine can make exercises more difficult to execute. This makes it harder on the body when recovering from the regular fitness routine.
There are many flexibility exercises you can choose. The idea is to stretch each muscle group thoroughly before and after it is exercised. Make sure you take plenty of time to do this. Don't run through these exercises too quickly. Stretching takes time and is well worth every bit of the effort. Try them and see what a difference it will make.