The Importance of Flexibility

Although you don’t need to be flexible to begin a martial arts practice, you should keep flexibility in mind as a goal as you improve your practice. Flexibility can help you become faster and stronger, improve balance, and prevent injuries.

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the proper way to stretch before class. You can read our tips here. Not only will stretching improve your performance while you’re in the studio and prepare your body for exercise, consistent, proper stretching will help you improve your flexibility. As martial artists gain flexibility, they can attempt forms that require a high range of motion without risking injury. If your arms and legs are limber and flexible, you’re much less likely to experience a muscle or joint sprain. Another problem common to any athlete is tendonitis, which occurs when tendons become inflamed. Tight tendons can become stressed and inflamed as a result of the repetitive motions sometimes required during a martial arts class, but flexibility can help lessen the risk.     

If you aren’t particularly flexible, don’t be discouraged. Improving flexibility is a slow process marked in increments and it isn’t necessary to have it before you begin training with us. If you’re new to martial arts, our instructors will take you step by step through your first lesson to help you evaluate and determine which one of our martial arts programs is right for you. Best of all, you don’t need to have previous experience or need to be in shape to get started. Call us today at 978-762-0454 to schedule a free introductory lesson.

 By: United Martial Arts Center



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