Stretching and flexibility may very well be the most least understood aspects of exercise and fitness, and yet could have the most significant impact on our health, especially as we get older.
Got to admit – I’m about as flexible as a dry twig… and despite my good intentions, I’m actually getting worse!
One of the problems we have, is no definitive guide as to:
When we should stretch – before or after a workout? Morning or night?
How long should we stretch for?
What type of stretches should we be doing?
The list goes on.
It makes it even more confusing when scientists can’t agree on the very same questions.
Motivation is also a factor in how often and how well we stretch.
It can be hard to justify spending your precious time stretching, when you could be tearing up the treadmill or banging out some reps.
Whatever your thoughts are on stretching and improving your flexibility, this article will reveal why you really need to do it more, and what the benefits are.