Benefits of Flexibility
Poor flexibility can impact your health and well-being in several ways. You may experience muscle fatigue, stress on your muscles, and inadequate joint health. Increasing your flexibility helps you avoid these problems and reap various benefits.
Improved Muscle Condition
One way to reduce injuries and improve the condition of your muscles is through flexibility-enhancing activities like foam rolling and dynamic stretching. Foam rolling can help loosen tight muscles and is particularly useful if you have contracted or tight muscles that fail to fully release.
When you use a roller along the length of your muscle, you are encouraging it to return to its original and intended length. Having lengthened muscles that are not tight or contracted will improve your flexibility in the long run.
Stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles. This improved circulation nourishes your muscles and helps rid them of waste byproducts. Improved circulation can help shorten your recovery time, particularly after a hard workout. This is particularly important if you have experienced injuries like a pulled or strained muscle.
One option is dynamic stretching before your workout and foam rolling after. Research shows that dynamic stretching boosts muscle strength and decreased muscle stiffness.