Benefits of Flexibility and Stretching

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Benefits of Flexibility and Stretching

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There are many benefits of flexibility and stretching!  Flexibility is a very important component of fitness, and stretching is an important activity that offers significant benefits to our health and exercise. There is no doubt that flexibility plays a huge role in any kind of sport performance. For example, the big bulky guys that play American football.  I know it’s hard to imagine them in Lululemon outfits doing a downward dog in a yoga class, but believe me, even they know the benefits that come with regular stretching.

For these guys, strength and power is the most important thing that they focus on, however excluding flexibility training from their regimen would lead to poor performance and possibly serious injury. 

For us girls, us WarriorZ, that are engaging in high intensity workouts such as Body Crush™, CardioShred™,  and weekly Power Yoga, stretching and flexibility are some of our main priorities! 

 

Flexibility Means Better Progress

 

Do you remember my post about the importance of recovery? One of the most important physical activities for recovery is plenty of stretching. If your body doesn’t recover properly, than you won’t see any further progress and it might be very harmful for your overall wellbeing.  What happens to our muscles after very high intensity workout is that they become stiff and sore as a result of micro tears. If you slack on your cool down and stretching, your muscles will experience blood pooling which means that the blood that carried oxygen and nutrients to the muscles  won’t return back to the heart and the waste product called lactic acid stays in the muscles. This is why we experience swelling and pain sometimes even for a few days after an intense workout. Proper stretching helps with muscle recovery, blood circulation, and removing waste product.  Muscles that are stretched on a daily basis can contract and relax efficiently which means that you will be jamming through the routines, beating your own records and looking better each day.    

 
Don’t Limit Yourself
 

As we get older, each year our muscles and joints become stiffer, and our bodies less flexible. Obviously we can’t stop getting older, however the only reason why you see so many old people with limited range of motion to the point that even looking over their shoulder is painful, is the lack of flexibility training and poor lifestyle choices.  I am not trying to be disrespectful to elderly people. Not at all.  I am just saying that your body can age with grace, strength, and flexibility if that’s what you want. There are many amazing people out there that can prove it to you like this lady: 

 

 
 
 
 
 

I used old people as an example on purpose. It’s the extreme when it comes to lack of flexibility, but unfortunately there are many young people with the same issues.  This video of Ms. Tao was a huge wake up call for me. She is way more flexible than I am and she is 62 years older than me.  I am 62 years younger than her and I can’t do what she does?!  She is an incredibly inspiring woman and has definitely raised the bar for me. 

 

No more excuses! Let’s dedicate 15 extra minutes a day on top of our workouts to stretching and flexibility work. It’s worth the time, given that you will speed up your progress by a lot. 

 

 

 

Best,

Z.

 
 

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6 comments on “Benefits of Flexibility and Stretching”

  1. Andrea  | 

    I’ve recently, also, started to understand the importance of stretching for flexibility, so I try to find 15-30 minutes a day, after my Zworkout, to really get a good yoga flow done. I’m finding that this is really helping with the back pain I get, from working in front of a computer 10hrs a day, and the tight achilies tendons I have, genetically.

  2. Nicki Hurst  | 

    It would be really helpful if you incorporated your cool down and stretching in each video. I am guilty of not cooling down properly and stretching. We all have a tendency of skipping the stretching because of time constraints.

  3. May Palmer  | 

    Ah…Now there you go again Zuzka, always ‘raising the bar’ by reintroducing to us to the basics (like stretching..)and what they can STILL do for us. You got it, I’m going to commit to stretching for those 15 minutes as recommended. Excellent post! With Ivory Soul, May Palmer, The Queen of Ivory Soul http://www.maypalmer.com

  4. tanyaahogan  | 

    the flexibility in our body ought to help us see how important it is in our entire self. being judgmental not only freezes our mind, it expresses itself in our flesh and bones. I don’t practice yoga, but the act of stretching is extremely important to me and I really respect our Creator for helping us to be aware of and paying heed to this need of our bodies.

  5. Andrea Bauer  | 

    It’s true, I’ve realized that I recover faster and am less sore when I do the cool-down-routine after each workout. I used to neglect cool-down and streching, always thought it wouldn’t be that important. Now on the ZGym, with the cool-down right in front of my nose, I made it part of the routine. Looking forward to more videos like that, some variety would be nice.

  6. Jipsi  | 

    I was only able to do 2 rounds in about a half hour. I work out on my lunch hour but next month I will do it on a weekend day and after a rest day. I am terribly soar today in my glutes and hammies. I have to finish 2 more days of this weeks Shred and ZWow. Nothing good comes easy and I want this. My 15 minutes of stretching I will have to do before I go to bed. I AM committed…and a Warrior ;)

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