Stretching is one of the best way to improve flexibility of the body. As a layman we never understand the technical reasons when people say “Flex those muscles.”
In this article expert physical trainer and coach Nathaniel Wilkins explains the real technical reasons behind it.
When trying to improve flexibility of your body , the muscles and their fascia should be the major focus of your flexibility training. While bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and skin do contribute to overall flexibility, we have limited control over these factors.
When you are inactive for long periods of time, due to inactivity or injury, the muscle fascia starts to bind together. This prevents the muscles from moving freely against each other, and leads to a stiffness or tightness that limits normal range of motion and prevents freedom of movement. Regular stretching will help to keep your muscles and their fascia in good working order, and prevent your muscles and their fascia from seizing up.
What is muscle fascia you may ask ?
Fascia is a fibrous connective tissue that is present throughout the entire body, not just the muscles. There are three main types of fascia:
- Superficial Fascia, which is mostly associated with the skin;
- Deep Fascia, which is mostly associated with the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels; and
- Visceral (or Subserous) Fascia, which is mostly associated with the internal organs.
What does Muscle Fascia do?
There are three main functions that the muscle fascia performs:
- The fascia holds the muscle together and keeps it in the correct place.
- The fascia separates the muscles so they can work independently of each other.
- The fascia provides a lubricated surface so that the muscles can move smoothly against each other.
As stated above; when improving flexibility is your goal, the muscles and their fascia should be the major focus of your flexibility training.
About Nathaniel Wilkins:
Nate O. Wilkins is a former Spa Fitness Director from USA. He holds a number of certifications; including life coach with an emphasis on fat and weight loss, AFFA, Group Fitness, Stretch Zone Practioner, M3 Lifestyle No Pain All Gain Back Strengthening Program, Personal Training, Level 2 Spinning Instructor and TRX Suspension Training.
He specializes in functional training and stretching to increase flexibility and mobility.Nathaniel designs his training around development of the total person, in a word; a mind, body, spirit connection.
Once you meet Nathaniel, you will notice he is a man on a mission and he wants to help you improve your life as well.
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