- Stretching increases your blood flow or circulation to
all areas of your body.
- Stretching increases the range of motion of your
- Stretching expands flexibility, which in turn can help
reduce your risk for injury and muscle soreness.
- Stretching reduces muscle tension which can help
- Stretching is more than the motions you go through
before you exercise - it warms your muscles up and
helps get them ready for a workout. Once your blood
flow is enhanced, stretch more aggressively to
increase your flexibility.
- Aerobic fitness (a.k.a cardiovascular fitness) is measured
- Sit and reach is the most common flexibility test.
It specifically tests flexibility in the posterior chain:
1. Hamstrings - muscles on the back of your thigh
2. Glutes (gluteus maximus) - this muscle makes up a large
portion of the shape and appearance of the buttocks.
3. Lower back
Sit and reach has been used by exercise physiologists for
decades to assess body flexibility before starting an exercise
program and is repeated often to determine the progress.
About body fitness tests
There are multiple body fitness tests:
- Waist circumference and body mass index
are indirect ways to assess your body
- Maximum muscular (low speed) strength
is determined while performing bench
presses and back squats
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