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When people think of exercising, the first thing that comes to one's mind is strength. Then we have the shape of the body, elasticity, stamina,endurance, flexibility. As mentioned, there is also flexibility, somethingthat might not seem to be as important as muscles and fat reduction, but, it actuallyis so important that no training session should be done without some timespent for stretching.

Muscles, tendons, ligaments…

These are all types of tissue in the body that should beflexible. So, what should be known about flexibility secrets? First of all,women are generally more flexible and more elastic than men. Some expertsexplain this with the fact that women have less muscle mass, so there areproblems when performing some motions (muscle mass not allowing a completemotion). This is especially evident with ligaments and tendons in joints(wrists, for example). In aikido, certain techniques are not so easilyapplicable on women; they simply can extend joint more than men. In judo, thereare specific exercises that target neck only for strengthening muscles in that areaand making it more flexible and stretched.

Why is flexibility important? Well, when exercising, musclesare put under a lot of tension, and if not flexible enough, strains and spasmsmight occur. Sometimes, muscle fibers can tear, which is injury treated almostas a broken bone. To avoid all this, muscles have to be flexible, but this alsogoes for the entire body. When it comes to wrists, there are simple exercises that can increase the flexibility of joints. For example, the entire palm should bepressed towards the forearm. Other arm’s hand should help in this process, too, and the palm should be pushed for as long as a person can withstand the pain.


Also, abdominal muscles should be flexible. This might notbe so easy, because most of the exercises regarding the abdominal area are based onflexing, which simply shortens the muscles. To avoid this, the back should be stretchedbefore and after performing abdominal exercises. There is also an exercisegreat for this situation, although it is not done easily. It is inverse push-upposition. The body is propped on hands and feet, but this time, the back is facing downwhile the stomach is looking up. It is not easy entering this position in afirst place, but it can be done. So, it is obvious that beside strength and shape, there aresome other features of the body that should not be neglected.

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