There are three important elements of a fitness program. First, aerobic activity to improve cardiovascular endurance and burn fat. Second, weight training to get stronger, strengthen bones, and maintain lean muscle tissue. Thirdly and most often neglected, is flexibility training. This often neglected aspect of training is very important and provides many benefits.
- Reduces risk of injury
- Allows greater freedom of movement
- Improves posture
- Releases muscle tension
- Eases muscle soreness
- Increases physical and mental relaxation
Just like cardio training and weight lifting, flexibility improves with regular training. Genetics, gender, age and level of physical activity all play a role in ones flexibility. Some people are naturally more flexible than others. The aging process and inactivity cause us to become less flexible as we grow older, but inactivity is the primary culprit. The less active you are, the less flexible you will likely be.