Flexibility and range of motion are super important to our physical health, especially since aging is non-negotiable! Let’s face it, aging also means muscles and joints can become more creaky, stiffer, achy, and just plain uncomfortable. And if you’re stuck behind a computer all day, flexibility and posture can further suffer through no fault of your own. So, to maintain elasticity and functionality for as long as possible… flexibility and mobility training is vital.
Flexibility and mobility training help joints, and connective tissues move through a full range of motion. This improves posture, enhances athletic performance, reduces the risk of injuries, releases stress, and prevents joint pain. Mobility and stretching exercises can also reduce general inflammation in the body.
Range of motion simply refers to how joints move in terms of distance and direction. Simply put, the more range of motion, the more flexibility. As we age, tendons and ligaments shorten. Different joints and muscle groups have different ranges of motion or levels of flexibility. Thankfully, physical activity can help mitigate long-term damage. For example, stretching and exercise increases proteoglycan, a type of protein in cartilage which helps retain water, enabling joints to become more resistant to force and compression.
Exercise can also activate chondrocytes (cartilage forming cells) and the production of synovial fluid, which allows more nutrients to cushion and lubricate joints and connecting tissues.
At GinnaFit, we also use specific mobility-oriented technique such as PNF Stretching, to help our clients dramatically improve flexibility and posture. Flexibility training will help you execute complex movements with proper form, helping you achieve better results. A well-rounded fitness program, like the one you will be embarking on at GinnaFit, will include the optimum amount flexibility and mobility training for you!