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Flexibility vs. Stability: Achieving a Balance

Posted Jul 03 2010 8:21am

As an aquatic therapist I often speak to my clients of the dichotomy between gravity and buoyancy . Equally important is striking the right balance between mobility and stability. I see this all the time with new clients. Some are very flexible, but lack strength and stability, so they’re frequently injured. Others are strong and stable, but lack flexibility which can lead to muscle and joint stiffness and sometimes injury.

Fortunately, an imbalance between flexibility and stability can be overcome through consistent, quality training. Aquatic yoga , tai chi and Pilates are wonderful for increasing both flexibility and core stability and weight training is very helpful in enhancing overall strength and stability of muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints.

This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to incorporate a variety of physical activities into your fitness program. Unfortunately, most people tend to gravitate toward what they enjoy – and that’s usually what they’re good at, not necessarily what they need to improve upon.

Finding an ideal balance between stability and mobility is not just important with the physical body, but also in living life itself. Flexibility without stability can be a bit reckless, while too much stability without spontanaity, leads to stagnation and boredom.

Be Well and have a safe and happy Fourth of July,

Carolyn


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