What Is Flexibility?
Flexibility is the measure of the range of motion at a joint or group of joints and the ability to move a joint through its complete range of motion.
What Decreases Flexibility?
Gender | Age | Lack of physical activity | Injury | Fat | Disease | Ligaments | Tendons | Skin and tight or imbalanced Muscles
Many people neglect working on their flexibility. This can decrease quality of life and cause injuries due to lack of range of motion.
Stretching three times a week will improve your level of flexibility.
First thing you must do is warm up your muscle. Try light aerobic activity, a hot bath, or steam room for 10 min to ensure the muscles are warm before stretching.
There are several types of stretching styles including; Static, dynamic, ballistic and PNF stretches, all are most effective when you stretch about 10% beyond normal length or to the point of slight discomfort. (Overload but do not overstretch).
You want to hold the stretch anywhere from 10-30 seconds.
Repeat each stretch 2-4 times
If you prefer a guided class you can try some regular yoga classes or book a session with a registered Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) Therapist.