Flexibility training not only feels great, flexibility is also the key to avoid injuries and create better posture.
The flexibility of the spine together with good core strength is the answer to a healthy back.
Most people suffer from tight hamstrings and tight hip flexors. I see young and older people with the same issues, and the more time we spend sitting, the greater the problem.
Exercise in itself is no guarantee of flexibility
Tight muscles also occur when exercising, especially with resistance training. The repeated shortening of the muscle during repetitions while training needs a lot of stretching to recover and most of us neglect this area.
Resistance training often focuses on the global muscles and neglects the smaller local muscles. This can become a problem in the long run as the body favours the stronger and dominating muscles and the smaller supporting muscles become weaker.
A tight muscle and/or weak supporting muscles prevent us moving correctly and over time problems can occur such as pain, poor posture and injury.
Stretching is very important. Stretching in our modern times is even more important due to our inactive lifestyle, and if we are very active in the gym or training at home, stretching is just as important.
In my face-to-face sessions and in my online workouts, I take clients through a range of static and dynamic stretches to improve range and flexibility.