We have been telling people that stretching was the way to go to increase flexibility. We were wrong.
We know now that flexibility isn’t about how well you can stretch yourself. It’s about how well you can contract muscles.
See, when you have muscles that are strong and function well, your body senses this and opens joints for you to move. Your ability to reach gets longer. Your ability to bend down is easier.
What happens when muscles don’t function well? We compensate in our movement. Fewer joints do more work and become inflamed. Discomfort and pain ensues. Without an intervention, function deteriorates over time like a downward spiral.
So how do we become strong and gain more flexibility? We learn to contract our muscles. The old adage is true: if you don’t use it, you lose it. Performing resistance training, isometrics, body weight exercises, and going to yoga classes can all create better functioning muscles. That leads to more flexibility and a better quality of life.
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