Friday, April 13, 2007

Flex and Stretch Your Way to Physical Fitness

Flexibility is one of the core exercises that make up a total body workout. Unfortunately, it is often overshadowed by exercises dedicated to muscular strength and weight loss because of the latter's more visible benefits. Nevertheless, focus should still be given to flexibility exercises as they yields a number of advantages to people who perform them regularly.

Benefits of Flexibility Exercises

Better Posture – Like muscle training, flexibility exercises can also help your body maintain good posture since stretching your muscles will ensure that they are properly aligned.

Move Faster and Better – Flexibility exercises can also readily improve your body's performance and compliment whatever benefits your body has gained from aerobics and muscle training.

Lessened Physical Injury – Just like other exercises, flexibility can also significantly reduce the chances and the seriousness of suffering from physical injuries.

Effective Preparation for Strength Training – Before you can get down to exercising your muscles and making them look bigger and feel stronger, you need to perform the necessary flexibility exercises. Flexibility exercises will prepare your muscles for the workout you intend to accomplish and lessen the chances of having strained or sore muscles.

Warming Up and Cooling Down

These two exercises should always be part of any exercise workout you are following.

Warm Up – This form of exercises effectively relaxes muscles and consequently makes your workout easier to accomplish and obtain quicker results. It also prepares your body by making sure that all of the important functions – circulation of blood, breathing, and nerve transmission – will adjust effortlessly to whatever workout you have in mind.

Cool Down – At the end of your workout, you will once again have to relax your muscles and cooling down is the best way to achieve this. Cooling down exercises can also make you feel less dizzy or nauseous after a demanding workout. It also allows all important body functions to resume a normal state in a gradual process.

Tips to Have Efficient Results from Flexibility Exercises

Take It Seriously – Flexibility is just as good as any other exercise so prepare your body the way you would before doing aerobics, weights, or even belly dancing. Allocate the required time and effort for flexibility exercises.

Choose a Flexibility Exercise that Matches Your Capabilities and Preferences – Flexibility exercises doesn't have to be relegated to warm-ups and cooling down exercises alone. If you can't work up any interest for those two then look for other avenues to explore. You can integrate flexibility exercises, for instance, with your favorite sports or use props to make it more interesting.


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