Stretch Through These Expert Tips On How To Gain True Flexibility

When a contortionist or a yoga master shows what they’re capable of, it’s hard not to be impressed by their amazing flexibility. Indeed, it’s also hard not to consider how handy their impressive ranges of motion and abilities to stretch could be in daily life.

As with most improvements a person can make on their body, improving one’s flexibility can take time to see results and care to ensure the efforts involved are undertaken safely. As such, anyone looking to increase the extent to which their muscles can stretch would do well to take these comprehensive, expert-informed tips under consideration.

What type of stretching is best for you?

Because while it may be understood that stretching is the most obvious way to improve flexibility, it takes some awareness to determine which type of stretching is appropriate for which fitness context.

woman stretching with eyes closed in yoga stance in park
Luemen Rutkowski/unsplash
Luemen Rutkowski/unsplash

For example, a 2015 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found instances where just using static stretches as opposed to more dynamic stretches that incorporate motion could result in some minor loss of strength during a workout.