Flexibility training is often overlooked in an exercise regime as participants search for the calorie expending routines of cardiovascular and resistance exercise. Unfortunately muscles that aren’t mobilised can become stiff and tight and can contribute to pain or difficulty performing simple tasks. The good news is that flexibility and mobility exercises are relatively simple to do and can be performed whilst the kettle is boiling or at the end of your regular exercise routine. All major muscle groups should be stretched and/or mobilised and with a total time outlay of about 10 minutes the time cost to benefit ration can be very good.
To train flexibility and mobility muscles should be taken through a full range of movement and should not cause pain or excessive discomfort. Essentially, we need to stretch the muscles without overstretching them. There are many different types of flexibility training all with different functions and benefits and difficulties. The important thing is that you find the time at least twice per week to relieve excessive tightness and enhance your body’s movement capacity and function. All of which will in turn provide you with greater opportunity to further your movement and improve your health.