Flexibility is all about stretching out your limbs. It keeps your muscles elastic and improves the movement of your joints. Throughout your flexibility exercises, you should not feel any muscle strains, so it is wise to take it slow and not to push yourself too far. Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi are exercises that can awaken your muscles. But if you find the poses of these workouts too difficult, simple stretching will do.
To get all of the benefits of physical activity, try all four types of exercise -- endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. This page addresses flexibility exercises.
The flexibility exercises on this page are classed as static stretches. When is static stretching best performed? Ideally, after an exercise session when the body is fully warm. Many athletes perform a series of flexibility exercises like those below at the end of a training session or even after competition.
Flexibility exercise is one of the four types of exercise along with , and . Ideally, all four types of exercise would be included in a healthy workout routine and AHA provides easy-to-follow guidelines for endurance and strength-training in its Recommendations for .