Stretch Through These Expert Tips On How To Gain True Flexibility

Static stretching hones in on specific muscles

Even if the name is unfamiliar, the action likely is because it simply involves stretching a specific muscle by holding it at a range that makes it feel tense while standing or sitting. This stretching is then repeated as necessary.

man stretching calf on boardwalk guardrail while wearing headphones
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In a 2012 study in the International Journey of Sports Physical Therapy, static stretching was determined to be an effective method for increasing flexibility and one’s ability to extend muscles. But the researchers said that this finding was situational and the right circumstances for its effectiveness warrant further discussion.