By: Kendall Brand
Flexibility is often overlooked when it comes to working out, you complete your hard work out and head home. Flexibility is a lot more important than many may know. We need flexibility to be able to move, to reach up to the top shelf to grab food, or to bend down to do laundry. Without flexibility these daily task get much harder and we become more prone to injury. Mobility deteriorates with age, often due to a sedentary lifestyle. Overtime our body creates movement and postural habits that can lead to reduced mobility and poor body positions. Staying active and stretching regularly can help prevent the loss of mobility and significantly reduced the chance of experience occasional and chronic back pain.
Taking time to stretch can help you focus on relaxation of the mind and body. There are many benefits to stretching such as reducing stress on muscle during physical activity—if your body is unable to move in a particular position you cannot add weight and workout if the mobility is not there. Stretching also reduces the risk of injury during everyday activities as well as exercise and sport because the muscle are more pliable.
Canada’s Physical Activity Guide suggests stretching after every workout and recommends stretching four to seven days a week! There is a common misconception about stretching being painful but stretching should never be painful, you will feel tension but breathing through the stretch will help control any deep stretches. Ensuring proper technique during a stretch is important as it can create a strain on other muscles if trying to hold a position that is too difficult for your level. Partner stretching is a very safe way to ensure proper form and a comfortable stretch!