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Flexibility Exercises

by WoV
source: sport-fitness-advisor.com

This compilation of flexibility exercises targets all the major muscle groups.

Flexibility Exercises

Flexibility Exercises

Stretching should form a fundamental part of any exercise program and not just as part of the warm up…

In fact recent research suggests that static stretching may not be beneficial before training or athletic performance. Dynamic stretching seems to be more appropriate as part of the warm up.

If you’re not sure what the difference is between various types of stretching see the main flexibility training section for more details.

The flexibility exercises on this page are classed as static stretches. When is static stretching best performed? Ideally, after an exercise session when the body is fully warm. Many athletes perform a series of flexibility exercises like those below at the end of a training session or even after competition.

While you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from stretching, you should be thoroughly warmed up before you begin to stretch.

Here are some general guidelines to bear in mind when following a flexibility program:

    You should be thoroughly warmed up before performing these exercises

    Stretch to just before the point of discomfort

    The feeling of tightness should diminish as you hold the stretch

    Breath out into the stretch. Avoid breath holding

    Hold each stretch for 10-30 seconds

    If tightness intensifies or you feel pain stop the stretch

    Shake out limbs between stretches

    Complete 2-3 stretches before moving onto the next exercise

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