You may think that flexibility is only important for gymnasts and dancers. However, we all need to maintain a level of flexibility throughout our life.
As a part of the aging process, flexibility decreases. Some of the reasons include increased stiffness in our joints, decreased water in our tissues & spine and loss of elasticity throughout the muscle tendons & tissue. This can negatively impact everything from posture and balance to the ease at which we perform the daily tasks of life.
The good news is you can slow and even reverse poor flexibility. One of the best ways is to stretch on a regular basis. There are 3 types of stretching: static, isometric and dynamic.
Static: this type of stretching is probably the one most of us are familiar with and have done at some time in our lives. It consists of holding a position (stretch) for a period of time say 20-30 seconds. Static stretching is best done after a workout or sufficient warm-up. It’s not recommended as a warm-up prior to a workout.
Isometric: Similar to static stretching, you hold a position and gently contract your stretched muscle during a stretch. Hold your pose while alternating 15 to 20 seconds of contracting and relaxing your muscle. This type of stretching improves strength along with flexibility.
Dynamic: As the name implies, dynamic stretching involves moving through a specific range of motion. Examples include neck rolls, knee raises & leg circles. This type of stretching can be done before during and after a workout.
A great way to incorporate flexibility training into your schedule is to start or maintain a consistent Pilates practice. The diversity of Pilates equipment allows for greater support and overall comfort. And a well-rounded Pilates workout integrates a variety of stretches helping you to not only increase your flexibility but also improve posture, balance, and overall ease of daily living.
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