A person’s flexibility can be defined as the range of movement possbile around a joint or a range of joints and is considered by many specialists to be one of the most neglected areas of fitness.
The ability to function correctly and engage in all our activities of daily living is dependent on our ability to move safely and correctly through all the different planes of motion.
Stretching can help us achieve different levels of flexibility, that is why stretching before, during and after exercise is so important. Therefore it is important to understand the benefit associated with stretching, it can be used to prepare a person for exercise, return a muscle to it’s normal length and to increase flexibility and range of motion.
There are 3 main areas to stretching which are, Preparatory, Developmental and Maintenance stretches. All are very important during any exercise for different reason, such as to prevent the risk of injury or to increase flexibility.
Everyone says it but, stretching really is the most important part of any exercise workout. Warm up stretches aren’t just about avoiding injury but they also help you perform at a higher level during the main exercise session. And cool down stretches can help with muscle recovery and development, everyone who exercises should understand the benefits of stretching.