Guest post: How #Just1Thing can make ALL of the difference!
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 😉
I have a guest post for you from Alysia who blogs over at Slim Sanity about THE IMPORTANCE OF FLEXIBILITY!
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?
Feel free to join more health and fitness conversation at my blog, @slim_sanity.