lesson 5 - Flexibility

lesson 5 - Flexibility - LESSON 5 Flexibility INTRODUCTION...

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LESSON 5 Flexibility INTRODUCTION In this lesson we will discuss, the benefits of stretching, how regular stretching improves flexibility, and how to plan out a stretching program. As you complete this lesson, make sure you review each Mastery Check and Quiz question along with the lesson material that relates to each question. If you read and study carefully, you will be prepared for the first exam. LESSON OUTCOMES 1 Describe the benefits of flexibility. 2 Apply the FITT guidelines to design an effective stretching exercise program for yourself. KEY TERMS Contract-relax stretching : A type of stretching that involves contracting a muscle as hard as you can for about 6 seconds and then stretching that same muscle for 15 to 30 seconds. Flexibility : The ability to move your body freely through its complete range of movement. Slow-dynamic stretching : A type of stretching that involves moving your body slowly back and forth (to the point of tightness and then back an inch or so) for 15 to 30 seconds. Slow-static stretching : A type of stretching that involves moving your body slowly to a point of tightness and then holding that position for 15 to 30 seconds. DISCUSSION MATERIAL Flexibility is the ability to move your body freely through its complete range of movement (ACSM, 2006). For many years the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) has said that flexibility is an important part of physical fitness, but what do you think? Do you take the time to stretch every day? Do you worry about your current level of flexibility? As it turns out, some people think that flexibility and stretching are very important, while other people don't seem to worry about it at all. Sometimes you have to try a new activity before you know whether it is a good thing or not. Stretching is that way; you really can't judge the value of it until you give it a try. It is true that some people need to stretch more than others (we are all different), but don't shrug it off until you give it a try. Many college students stretch regularly because a coach "forced" them to do it in high school. They got a taste of the benefits and keep on stretching because it feels so good and makes such a difference in their overall fitness.
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Objective 1 : Describe the benefits of flexibility. The Benefits of Flexibility Fitness Good Flexibility Helps You Move Better In everyday life, having supple muscles and flexible joints allows you to bend, stretch, twist, and move your body more freely. This is important in daily activities such as bending down to tie your shoes, reaching up to get a bowl from your top cupboard, or looking over your shoulder as you back up your car. Having good flexibility makes it possible to move effortlessly, so you can do the things you need to do. Moving freely without limitation can also make a big difference when participating in sports or recreational
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