For many people, being “fit” means being able to run, jump, lift, and generally be active. However, one vastly under-practiced aspect of fitness is flexibility. For some people – such as bodybuilders – flexibility is not a priority because it doesn’t add much aesthetically. But if your fitness goal is to move & feel better, then mobility & flexibility shouldn’t be overlooked!
What is Flexibility?
Flexibility is a measure of range of motion around a joint or series of joints. Flexibility is most limited by the joints’ physical structure, including bone, connective tissue, and muscle. Like any other skill, with practice, time, and consistency, anybody can improve their flexibility.
Why Flexibility is Important to Fitness:
- Decreases risk of injury
- Improves posture
- Increases blood flow & nutrients to soft tissue
- Reduces stress in the exercising muscles and releases tension developed during the workout
- Increased mobility & range of motion for various activities such as…
- Getting a deeper squat
- Increasing your strides in running, lunges, and rowing
- Being more comfortable with wide-grip, overhead barbell lifts
- Allowing for greater flexion & extension (especially helpful for experiencing less tension in hanging positions, for example, during pull ups)