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When you think of a well-rounded workout routine, what comes to mind? Lifting weights? Running on a treadmill? You may solely think of muscle-building or heart-pumping exercises as the focus in a workout. However, there’s another important aspect you need to incorporate into your routine, and that’s flexibility training.
Flexibility can be defined as “the range of motion in a joint or group of joints, or the ability to move joints effectively through a complete range of motion.” It provides many benefits that can improve your workout routine. Here are 5 benefits flexibility can add to your workout.
During your workout, you want to be able to move freely and comfortably through each exercise. Flexibility can give you that freedom. When your muscles and tendons are flexible, this allows for more range of motion.
Muscle tension and soreness can cause discomfort during and after a workout. Flexibility exercises can decrease this tension and soreness by increasing the flow of blood throughout your body. This increased blood flow calms the muscles. Better Balance
Flexibility exercises can help align and improve muscle imbalances. This alignment affects your ability to balance. Increasing flexibility will improve your safety during workouts and overall. Yoga is a flexibility exercise that is especially effective at improving balance.
If muscles are not being stretched, they will shorten and become tight, making the muscles more prone to injury during a workout. Flexibility exercises help extend and loosen the muscles, lowering the chances of an injury occurring. Chiropractors are experts at helping you reduce the risk of injuries due to mobility and flexibility limitations!
Maintaining stamina in your workout is important; you always want to have enough energy to give it your all. Flexibility exercises boost blood flow to muscles which reduces fatigue, so your muscles will not get tired so quickly. Maintaining flexibility in the long run will allow you to expend energy for more extended periods of time when working out and when you need that extra boost to power through your weekend to-dos!
With all the reasons to include flexibility in your regular exercise routine, why wouldn’t you get started right away? To help you get started, MCR Chiropractic is just a call or click away. As your partner in a lifetime of health and wellness, we are here for you however and whenever you need us!