The Importance of Flexibility
If you consider touching your toes or performing a full split is all but an impossible fantasy, know that exercises before (and after) your workout combined with proper nutrition, hydration, and lifestyle choices can have a huge impact.
Improving your ability to bend limbs into certain positions is crucial for more than just preventing injury. In fact, flexibility training is an important aspect of gaining strength and size.
Most of us spend our days outside of the gym hunched forward over a computer further deteriorating any chance at proper posture.
And proper flexibility goes hand in hand with full range of motion exercises like squats and deadlifts, which are major muscle builders.
Having tight hips and shoulders can not only inhibit proper form when exercising, but it sets you up for chronic states of pain and muscular dysfunction.
When it comes to maintaining strength and mobility for everyday life, adopting the attitude of the generalist (a little bit of ground based movement, a few exercises that are concentrated strength and mobility exercises, and a little bit of restorative work), will do wonders for most people.
In this article we share a great combination of stretches designed to ease tight muscles throughout your body and help you gradually work toward a full range of motion in your joints.
Do these stretches daily, if possible—or at least two or three times a week.
Over time, you’ll notice real gains in flexibility and how easily you move around.