Stretching: Introduction and Basic Tips

Stretching is one of the most important aspects of any health and fitness program, yet it is frequently ignored in many programs. This post discusses why stretching is necessary and how it will benefit your body.

     Stretching is one of the most important tools for maintaining optimal health and fitness. Stretching is essential for maintaining flexibility and helps prevent muscle stiffness, tightness, pain, and injuries. When muscles are not stretched on a regular basis they become tighter, shorter, and ultimately decrease in range of motion. If stretching is not used to offset these decreases in flexibility, then the changes can become permanent and further muscle and joint problems will result.

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How Movement Affects the way your Body Feels and Functions

This post discusses the importance of movement for preventing common muscle and joint aches and pains. It also discusses why minor problems that could be easily corrected often go unnoticed and major problems develop that can be avoided if you know what to look out for.

     The human body is designed for movement, but more and more people live sedentary lives where they often spend long periods of time in the same position, such as sitting in front of a computer. This lack of movement results in people experiencing more aches and pains than they should and it prematurely decreases the functional capability of your body. You have probably heard the saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it,” well this is certainly true for movement and your body.

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Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights will Decrease Your Flexibility

This post examines the issue of whether or not lifting weights decreases flexibility. It also looks at various causes of flexibility loss and provides suggestions to help maintain or improve your flexibility.

     Most people realize that flexibility is an important physical attribute and any good health and fitness program should help you improve or at least maintain your existing level of flexibility. Poor flexibility causes numerous problems including pain and injury, so it is important to avoid doing things that decrease your flexibility. Lifting weights is an activity that is acknowledged to have benefits for virtually everyone, yet some people avoid it, because they don’t want to lose flexibility. Continue reading “Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights will Decrease Your Flexibility”