Flexibility is the smooth functioning of the joints, through its entire motion. Flexibility depends on various factors like thickness of joint cartilage, suppleness of the muscles and the shape of the bones. Flexibility is an important component of fitness and flexibility of the joints can be improved by doing stretching exercises.
Stretching exercise can be static or dynamic. Static exercises are slow and controlled. It involves slow and gentle stretch of the muscle. This muscle is then held elongated for a few seconds between 10 to 60 seconds. The dynamic stretching involves a little speed in your motion with a controlled swing. These movements are repeated 10 to 12 times.
Stretching exercises improves joint flexibility:
A safe stretching program increase your joint flexibility, reduces joint pains, helps you to move around actively, increasing your overall physical movements. Flexibility improves the motion of your joints, so that it reduces stress to the joints, thereby reducing the risk of injuries to the joints.
Stretching exercises reduces muscle injuries:
Static exercise reduces injuries to your muscles and joints and prevents any soreness to your joints after you perform a strength training or resistant training exercise. Stretching also improves your posture.
Stretching exercises relieves back pain:
If you have a back pain, will you fell like exercising? Well your reply is surely going to be ‘no’. We all know that consistent exercising improves your health and help you in losing weight. Similarly stretching exercises is important to relieve your back pain and prevent it from recurring. Stretching exercise improves ligament flexibility, improves the flow of blood in your body and prevents stiffness and pain. This exercise helps nutrients to be supplied to the different parts of the body, helps your muscles to relax, so that you don’t get tired easily.
Stretching exercises increase blood supply to joints:
The supply of blood and nutrients to joints are increased by stretching exercises. The tissue temperatures are increased and the blood and nutrients are transported more easily, which increases the elasticity of the tissues, thereby increasing the overall performance of your joints. Nutrients are also transported to the joint cartilage, by the increase of synovial fluid, which is a lubricating factor.
Stretching exercises improves nerve function:
Stretching exercises, improve the functions of the nerves, and the impulse to the brain takes place very quickly, thus increasing the co-ordination of the working of the joints and muscles.
Exercising, in the beginning, can lead to pain in the joints. Naturally, this makes you quit exercising if you are not very serious about it. Stretching exercises are warming up exercises. They prepare your joints and muscles for your exercising program, making you more energetic and prevent any soreness or injury to your joints. They also relax your mind and increase your interests in exercising, so that instead of quitting, you will be more interested in continuing your exercises daily. Stretching exercises cool your body, reduce stress and give you a sense of peace.
Breathe normally when you do stretching exercises. It is not necessary that you should do them only before or after your exercises, you can do them anywhere at anytime. But before you start any exercise program, it is always best to consult your doctor. He can advise you regarding the exercise program that suits you.
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