Benefits of improving your flexibility

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Improving your flexibility not only helps in advancing physical performance, it can help to decrease the risk of injury as we age. Anyone at any fitness level of any age can hurt themselves if they happen to move the wrong way and overstretch a tight muscle. If you feel like your workout routine is limited because of tight hamstrings, back, joints or any other reason, why not try stretching or yoga? Flexibility exercises like stretching can work towards decreasing resistance in muscle tissue and can boost blood flow naturally long-term, and can even help increase the absorption of vital nutrients to the tissues in your body. If you work out once in a while but notice yourself stiffening up as you age, here are some reasons you should work on your flexibility that you should be aware of:

What You'll Need

  • Find out the schedule of your local gym or yoga studio to find out which class suits you and your needs.

What You'll Do

  • Working on your flexibility helps you avoid injury: your muscles, ligaments and tendons need to be stretched steadily and over time to be able to reach your goals in your work out routine.
  • Flexibility can help you get rid of 'text neck' and relieve back pain: working on mobility will help to loosen up muscles that will help you to stand and sit straight and avoid injuries creeping up on you.
  • You will be able to train more efficiently: the more range of motion you can achieve during exercise, the more you will get out of it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stretching is important at all ages, since much flexibility can be lost over time. Increasing flexibility isn't hard but it doesn't happen overnight so you have to keep at it until you reach your goal and then stretch on a regular basis to keep yourself at that level.
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