by Christine Felstead
- Decrease muscle stiffness and increase range of motion. Improved range of motion may also slow the degeneration of the joints.
- Reduce risk of injury. A flexible muscle is less likely to become injured.
- Reduce muscular tension and enhance muscular relaxation. Habitually tense/tight muscles tend to cut off their own circulation, resulting in a lack of oxygen and essential nutrients.
- Improve mechanical efficiency and overall functional performance. Since a flexible joint requires less energy to move through a wider range of motion, a flexible body improves overall performance by creating more energy-efficient movements.
- Reduce risk of low-back pain. Flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors and muscles attached to the pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine (lower back).
- LESS ACHES AND PAINS — IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING — SAY HEALTHY AND ON THE ROAD