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Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in Health & Fitness

Flexibility is the one of the most ignored aspects of fitness, yet it can be argued that it is the most important aspect of one’s well being.  Flexibility is needed to perform every day activities. Staying flexible allows for increased mobility and keeps the muscles/joints limber. In order to be fit and healthy, having as maximum a range of motion as possible is key. Flexibility reduces the risk of injury, especially back pain.

Two different types of ways to practice flexibility are static stretching and dynamic stretching. Static stretching involves holding a stretch for a certain amount of time (usually 10 or 20 seconds). An example of this is bending over to touch your toes and holding for a 10-count. Dynamic stretching involves stretching where you are moving a joint back and forth. An example of this would be standing up and swinging your leg forward and backward.

Meditative activities such as yoga and pilates are fantastic ways to improve your flexibility. Working on flexibility does not take long at all, 5-10 minutes before and after exercise would suffice. Flexibility is an underrated aspect of health and fitness and should never be overlooked when exercising.  Make stretching a part of your every day fitness routine.  The earlier in life you start, much life saving money, the greater the “compound interest” you will enjoy via a better quality of life and well being due to more flexibility.

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