The importance of focusing on flexibility today is because of an increase in sedentary lifestyles and repetitive movements. In today’s society, its not uncommon for most people to experience postural imbalances. Many office jobs, which require individuals to sit for long periods of time, have lead to large increases in low back and neck pain. Focusing on flexibility is one of the most effective ways to help alleviate and prevent such injuries. Flexibility can be described as the ability to move a joint through its complete range of motion. The many benefits of flexibility training include:
There are two different types of stretches: Static and Active. Static stretching is the process of passively taking a muscle to the point of tension and holding the stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds. It combines low force with longer duration. Try these stretches during your work break:
Please let us know how you like these stretches and if you have any questions.
Written by Eric Cassera: Personal Trainer Intern at Triad to Wellness