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Flexibility training includes stretching exercises for the purpose of increasing one’s range of motion.
Prior to flexibility training (stretching), a warm up should be performed at a low intensity for 5-10 minutes. This increases the temperature of the muscles and decreases the risk of injury. Flexibility training is best performed when the body is very warm. Many individuals will therefore perform stretching exercises following cardiovascular endurance training, which greatly increases the temperature of the body.
Why should I train this way?
Flexibility exercises can increase the range of motion throughout a joint. Increased range of motion can improve mobility in sporting events as well as everyday activities. Proper range of motion in the joints allows for the natural alignment of the body to be maintained throughout the day, which may prevent or decrease pain or injury.
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