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Flexibility - the ability of a joint to move through its full range of motion (ROM) - important for general fitness and wellness - static versus dynamic flexibility Benefits of Flexibility and Stretching Exercises - joint health - prevention of low-back pain and injuries - other potential benefits: o temporary reduction of post-exercise muscle soreness, known as delayed- onset muscle soreness (DOMS) o relief of aches and pains and muscle cramps o improved body position and strength for sports o maintenance of good posture and balance o relaxation - lifetime wellness benefits Creating a Successful Program to Develop Flexibility - applying the FITT principle o Frequency o Intensity o Time o Type Frequency of Exercise - the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that stretching exercises be performed a minimum of 2-3 days per week - stretch when muscles are warm, either after a workout or after the active part of a warm up - do not stretch before a high-performance activity Intensity and Time (Duration) of Exercise
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