Our day-to-day activities put different kinds of stresses on our bodies and tend quite easily to strain our muscles and bones. Our bodies are required to coordinate and perform a number of movements based on our daily needs. For example, playing children and working adults need to be flexible to prevent stress-related injuries. Being flexible is also highly important to people who need to perform repeated movements at work. Furthermore, for their fitness and health, athletes need to be very flexible because they are at the top at the top of the high-risk group prone to muscle injuries.
Exercising on a regular basis is the solution. Exercises increase the flexibility of our body by loosening up and increasing the range of movement in our joints. Swimming and stretching exercises are especially beneficial. Also, achieving good body flexibility helps to prevent a number of injuries that are associated with rigidity.
Unfortunately, individuals suffering from muscle tightness are at an increased risk of muscle tears. In such cases, flexibility exercises such as stretching should be included as a part of warming up.1 Regular flexibility exercises can prevent chronic and overuse injuries commonly found in athletes.2 For increased fitness and health, flexibility also helps to improve body awareness and promotes relaxation of the muscles being stretched.
Scientists in the field of sports suggest that flexibility exercises should be included in the daily routine of people playing sports, as these movements help to cool the fatigued muscles, which are prone to injury.3 Therefore, we need to do flexibility exercises to maintain our fitness and health.
- Boyle M. Linear and Lateral Warm-up in: Functional Training for Sports. 2004; 29–53. Champaign II, Human Kinetics.
- Tyler TF, Nicholas SJ, Campbell RJ, et al. The Association of Hip Strength and Flexibility with The Incidence of Adductor Muscle Strains in Professional Ice Hockey Players. Am. J. Sports Med. 2001; 29(2): 124–128.
- Atler MJ. Science of Flexibility. Human Kinetics 2004.