is a joint's ability to move through a full range of motion. Flexibility training,
also called flexibility stretching helps balance muscle groups that might be overused
during exercise or physical activity. Sometimes muscle groups might be overused
as a result of bad posture.
of Flexibility Training
are many benefits to flexibility training. Some of the benefits are listed below
A flexible joint has the ability to move through
a greater range of motion and requires less energy to do so, while greatly decreasing
your risk of injury.
Risk of Injury
Stretching decreases resistance in tissue structures. Decreased
resistance in tissue structure will decrease your chances of being injured by
exceeding tissue extensibility.
As you become more flexible through static stretching,
the amount of muscle soreness you experience after exercise will decrease. Static
stretching involves a slow, gradual and controlled elongation of the muscle through
the full range of motion and held for 15-30 seconds in the furthest comfortable
Stretching improves muscular balance and posture. Stretching can
help realign soft tissue structures and reducing the effort it takes to achieve
and maintain good posture in the activities of daily living.
Blood and Nutrients to Tissues
Stretching increases tissue temperature,
which increases circulation and nutrient transport. Increased circulation and
nutrient transport allows greater elasticity of surrounding tissues and increases