Flexibility is something that frequently remains filed away
in the back of your mind until you get hurt. Injury brings
it rapidly to mind. A lack of flexibility inhibits movement,
making some work tasks harder, while preventing the execution
of others, and unfortunately, all too often results in muscle,
and/or tendon tears. Regaining, and maintaining an adequate
level of flexibility is a much easier task to accomplish than
you might imagine.
By routinely stretching and attaining a good level of flexibility
you can increase the efficiency of your muscles and skeletal
lever systems. Improved flexibility develops joint range of
motion, which enhances balance, mobility, and coordination.
This makes activities like climbing ladders, running up stairs,
and entering windows much easier and safer. In general, an
overall increase in flexibility can improve work performance
and significantly reduce your potential for injury.
To Improve Your Flexibility
By following just a few basic rules, you can improve your
flexibility swiftly, and safely, while making it an enjoyable
process. As with all training, you should start out slow and
easy, and gradually build as you progress. To ensure a proper
balance in your development, you should select a variety of
stretching exercises that involve all the major muscle groups.
The most effective way to stretch, is to relax, and then move
slowly, smoothly and gently to the point at which you feel
Do not bounce into the stretch, or push deep enough into
the stretch to cause pain. These actions are counter productive
and may actually cause tissue damage. Maintain the stretched
position for 20 seconds or more, and then if you feel comfortable,
you may move slightly deeper into the stretch. This form of
stretching is called "Static Stretching".