The key for improving movement patterns, correcting imbalances, keeping the body ready and providing support during activity is flexibility training. Flexibility can help prevent and treat injuries as well as correct muscular imbalances. It is also essential for various types of sports, hobbies or exercise programs.
Understanding the concept of flexibility is essential for maximizing the output that flexibility training has. The aim is to gain efficiency over the body and its ability to use the right muscles to create force, reduce force and stabilize. A main reason for practicing flexibility is to improve the body’s ability to move.
Moving the body through its full range of motion is the simplest definition of flexibility. Being flexible lets you elongate or stretch all your soft tissues. Maintaining control during movement combined with flexibility is the body’s ability to have what is considered a dynamic range of motion.
While flexibility is recommended for all there are some considerations to keep in mind when thinking about incorporating or adding flexibility training to your program. Genetics, age, body composition, strength, activity levels, injuries or work and lifestyle traits can require modifications to some programs.