The Importance of Flexibility & Stretching
Flexibility can be termed as the ability of your joints and body parts to execute their full range of motion. Flexibility is required in all your day to-day activities such as bending, walking, lifting, etc.
There are a number of ways to test your flexibility. One of the most common ways, according to fitness experts, is to check if you can touch your toes while standing up with both legs straight. If you find that you feel stiff, lacking in flexibility, suffering from bad posture or would like to increase your flexibility, flexibility training is a must.
What are some different ways to stay flexible?
The best way to maintain flexibility is to stretch regularly. Whatever your age, incorporate stretching at least once a day. Even if it is not part of an exercise regimen, there are several simple stretching exercises that you can do at your desk or even in front of the TV. If time is short, focus on stretches that work the larger muscle groups such as shoulders, hamstrings, hips, lower back, and calf muscles. It is these areas that are prone to stiffness and soreness.