Flexibility training: I have to admit, this is my least favorite and an area of exercise I am really BAD at, however, it is very important!
- Purpose: Enhances your joints’ ability to move through a full range of motion. Keeping your muscles flexible will help improve physical performance and posture and reduce the risk of injury, low back pain, and muscle soreness; increase the flow of blood and nutrients to tissues; and help improve muscle coordination. It not only will make you feel better but function better.
- Types of activity:
- Stretching exercises (either alone or within a class setting)
- Consider: A yoga or Pilates class
- You can also use your Swiss Ball to do a variety of flexibility exercises
- The Foam Roller is great for spine mobilization and others areas of the body
- Last but not least, certain sports programs tailored to enjoy as a hobby, incorporate flexibility as part of their conditioning like Karate, jogging, biking, etc.
- Frequency: 3 to 5 times per week (perhaps after an exercise program)
- Duration: Approximately 10 to 20 minutes (or more, if you have the time)
- Intensity: To the point of tightness, not pain...and make sure your muscles are warm prior to your flexibility training regimen
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This is Blog #3 of SIX BLOGS to cover the Diva 6 Components to an Effective Exercise Program: Flexibility Training
- Cardiovascular conditioning
- Strength and endurance training
- Flexibility training
- Core and balance training
- Corrective exercises
- Functional training