How many of us underestimate the strength we get from flexibility?
Having full range of motion in your joints is not only crucial to getting stronger, but it also prevents injury and helps keep you pain free. Being able to move around freely in your daily life is more powerful than we know - until we lose it that is!
Flexibility and aging tend to go hand-in-hand. Show me someone who is stiff and inflexible and I'll show you someone who is aging far faster than necessary.
On the other hand, show me someone whose muscles and joints are loose, pliable, supple and flexible - and I'll show you someone who is defying gravity, someone who's turning back the clock and living a life of high energy and vitality.
When I teach some of my fitness classes I see a lot of people struggle with the flexibility part. Many leave before the final stretch at the end. I can tell you the ones who struggle with it the most are the ones who leave. Why leave because something is hard? That's how you improve your body!
Think of HOW many professional sports players get injured. If they took the time to build more flexibility this would not happen nearly as much.
For instance, when a ball player gets hit in the arm or shoulder and s/he is tight, then they snap! Just like a twig. BUT, if they are pliable, they bounce back - just like taffy - free from injury.
Think of a gymnast. They are by far some of the strongest athletes in the world, and the most flexible.
Flexibility Helps To:
Prevent everyday injury including: muscle and disc strains that occur when turning over in bed or getting out of bed; shoulder tweaks that result from doing tasks on the job that involve lifting or reaching; back aches due to transitioning to standing from sitting, bending down to pick something up, or even walking up and down the stairs.
It improves your posture, lengthens your muscles for a longer leaner look, and makes playing with your kids and babies easier and less injurious (ever hurt yourself playing with your kiddos?)
It also makes cardio and strength training activities much easier, and can enhance sports performance (i.e. better arm and shoulder extension and rotation for swimmers and basketball players, longer strides for runners, deeper knee bends and hip flexion for skiers) as well as to dodge blows that come with strong athletic activities.
You can travel more comfortably because of the ability to sit in many different positions and do things with your body in confined spaces you otherwise could not do.
Need I say get through the Kama Sutra? :)
Don't underestimate the amount of strength you can get from flexible joints and muscles.
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