Increasing flexibility is not only great for preventing injury during exercise or physical activity, but it also can help improve your strength, posture, and range of motion.
The best ways to improve your flexibility is through dynamic stretching, such as lunges, squats, push-ups, or jumping jacks. Try doing three sets of 20-30 reps of each movement before a workout, or to warm up your body and get it moving every morning. Yoga is also another great option, as it burns calories, relieves tension and stress, while improving flexibility at the same time.
After a workout, you should switch to the more traditional static stretching, which involves holding a stretch for a 5-10 seconds while breathing deep. Be sure to stretch out the muscles that you’ve worked the most. For instance, if you went for run, stretch out your calves, hamstrings, and hips. You also improve your flexibility during your workout by taking your muscles for a full range of motion. In other words, don’t just do a short squat; instead, push yourself to go as deep as you can.
You don’t have to workout or stretch to improve flexibility. Sometimes getting a massage or going for a walk can help relieve the stress and strain of the day, while improving your flexibility.