Flexibility is the ability to move your joints without restriction. Flexibility exercises help improve the range of motion, and they're vital for maintaining your ability to perform daily tasks. Flexibility can decrease your risk of injury and falls.
There are different types of flexibility. There is static stretching, dynamic stretching, active isolated stretching, myofascial release, ballistic stretching, and PNF stretching.
When combined with exercise, flexibility can reduce back pain and stiffness. If you're looking to reduce the risk of injury, research suggests that specifically stretching the muscles in the back, hamstrings, and hip flexors may help.
Stretching can even help you in everyday activities like walking, bending, and reaching. Stretching multiple times a day, particularly if sitting a lot for work, can be beneficial.
The act of stretching lengthens muscles and improves blood flow (which promotes recovery and healing), so investing a few minutes in gentle, targeted stretching may pay off in the long run.
Some questions that we will be answering in this session are "How to improve flexibility?" "How often should you do flexibility training?" "Which stretches should you do before exercising?" "Which stretches should you do after exercising?"
I've personally done stretches right after I get up in the morning. Stretching helps relieve my stress and anxiety and gives me clarity. I also stretch before going to bed. Stretching has been proven to help people fall asleep and it's been known to improve the quality of sleep.