Stretching, Mobility, Flexibility aren’t all the same… I’m going to go over the last two first as they have less stuff on the page to talk about.
Flexibility: The degree to which one is able to stretch a muscle.
- One stretch session per week will maintain flexibility.
- Two or more stretch sessions per week will increase flexibility.
Mobility: The ability to move or be moved freely and easily without restrictions.
- Stretching will improve mobility.
Stretching: Any movement requiring moving a body part to the point there is an increase in the movement of a joint.
- Improved flexibility, muscular endurance & strength. (benefit is determined by the stress put on the muscle.)
- Reduced muscle soreness, aches, & pains
- Good muscular & joint mobility
- Increased ability of strength through a wider range of motion
- Prevention of lower back problems
- Improved body alignment & posture
- Types of stretches
- Static: slowly move body part into position and hold the stretch for a set time.
- PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation): fully contracted muscle is stretched by moving a lib through the joint’s range of motion. After moving through the complete range, the muscle is relaxed and rested before resuming stretch. (well that’s a frigen mouthful… Yes? What does this mean? Guess I need to look this one up.)
- Ballistic: uses muscle contractions to force muscle stretching through bobbing movements where there is no pause during movement.
- Dynamic: refers to stretching that occurs while performing sport-specific movements.
I’ve always been fond of stretching and keeping limber. Good thing from the sounds of it. I’ve been doing stretches for a while at work or at home. So this one seemed a little less appealing to me because I kind of knew it. Here are some that we do at work. There are others, but I couldn’t find the same print out drawings that we have.