Training Tip of the Week: The Importance of Flexibility Training

Hey guys Happy Monday and HAPPY ST PATTY’S DAY!

We’re having a CHILLY AND FUN time in Chicago so far! I’ve been posting on Instagram if you want to keep up πŸ˜‰

I have a guest post for you from Alysia who blogs over at Slim Sanity about THE IMPORTANCE OF FLEXIBILITY!

blond girl playing tennis on open court

I’d like to say that I was fairly active as a teenager. I played volleyball on and off, and ran track. Stretching was always one of my favorite things to do after a workout. I’m sure it had something to do with being able to on the ground after doing sprints for a two hour practice! Whether it was because I had stopped working out for a long period of my life, or because I’m 10 years older than I was as a senior in high school, my flexibility has definitely decreased. Both of them together are likely the reason I’ve lost so much flexibility.

I don’t stretch and work on flexibility as often as I should. I know I preach the importance of stretching all the time, and don’t get me wrong, I do stretch. But, I don’t have a track team and coach to sit down and encourage me to take 5-10 minutes out of my day and stretch. I know that for me it is a lack of patience (I’m always on the go go go). But it’s something I continue to work on and remember to do.

So, why is flexibility so important? For one, it can prevent stiffness in muscles and joints. I know its argued that stretching is not related to chances of injury, but you have to admit that you’ll be less likely to pull a muscle if you’re muscles are not stiff or tensed up.

Really what flexibility gives you is mobility. The more flexible you are, the more mobile your body. You’ll have enhanced performance in nearly any exercise or sport you practice. The wider range of motion you’ll get from flexibility can help prevent injury in aerobic exercise and weight training, which are usually quick movements. Not only is it important for exercise, but every day movements. Lifting, bending, and even walking all require some flexibility of your joints. Flexibility can even help improve your posture! You don’t have to become a yoga master to improve your flexibility (although that would certainly do it.) Simply stretching for 5-10 minutes after a workout can help improve and maintain flexibility. I try to make sure I have at least 5 minutes to stretch after a workout. Stretch to a level of comfortability – don’t over do it! Stretching beyond a point of your body’s flexibility could lead to injury.

Do you make time to stretch and improve your flexibility?
Are you into yoga, or is it not your thing?
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    March 17, 2014, 1:37 pm

    I’m headed back to Yoga class this week after a brief hiatus. My foam roller and exercise mat sit next to my chair, so I try to get in a few minutes every day. Having those items in my vision help that happen fairly frequently!

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      March 17, 2014, 1:47 pm

      I have been trying to stretch more and more too! You two kicked butt yesterday so a rest is in order!

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    March 17, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Since I started college and stopped dancing on a nearly daily basis I’ve noticed that I’ve lost a significant amount of flexibility. I recently started incorporating yoga into my training routine, and I’m hoping that practicing yoga will not only help reduce my stress level but also help me to increase my flexibility.

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    March 17, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying the windy city! Stay warm! xoxo

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    March 17, 2014, 8:16 pm

    I totally want to get more flexible and MAKE Yoga my thing! I loved this post! πŸ™‚

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    March 17, 2014, 9:03 pm

    I love me some yoga. I need to make time for it because I miss it terribly.

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    March 17, 2014, 10:45 pm

    OH YES, I stretch & rumbleroll & lots of other stuff!! The older I get, the more I do! πŸ™‚

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    March 17, 2014, 10:54 pm

    I HATE yoga, but am trying to stretch more.

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    March 18, 2014, 1:25 am

    Hope you are having fun! Getting older & finding flexibility really is important the last few years. Not a yoga fan but do stretch

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