Our body is made to move. Because most of us have a desk bound, sedentary lifestyle, we tend to have stiff and lethargic bodies, but stretching our muscles, ligaments, bones, cartilages and tendons helps to make our bodies more flexible and prevent them from weakening. But what is meant by being physically flexible?
The Oxford Dictionary defines flexibility as "the quality of bending easily without breaking". Therefore, a supple, flexible body will allow you to bend and move easily and gracefully, and will be less prone to injuries because it can withstand physical stress.
While some people are naturally flexible, you can always improve your flexibility by incorporating muscle-stretching exercises in your workout routine, or in your daily life. However, before you get down to actually doing the stretching exercises, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Stretching is defined as lengthening muscles deliberately by bending the body into various positions. However, there is much more involved to stretching exercises than merely bending or positioning the body in various ways for stretching muscles. Correct stretching techniques help your body to become flexible; increase the mobility of your joints; improve your circulation, posture and the range of movements of your limbs and joints; prevent injuries that might occur while performing other exercises or sports; and relieve stress.