Updated: Oct 8, 2020
Just like strength training, a flexibility program should be a part of everyone’s weekly regime.
By no means will you end up like a human pretzel, unless that is your goal, but it is a great idea to create length, decrease tension and friction, and to just open up that overly worked body.
Per the American College of Sport Medicine, a routine of whole body or multi-joint (example: calf stretch: these muscles cross the ankle and knee) stretches should be completed 2-3 times a week and held for 10 - 30 seconds for young bucks and up to 60 seconds for older individuals.
I am guilty that I’d prefer the sweat, endorphins, and challenges of strength training, running, etc wwwwaaaayyyy more than stretching but I never had a stretching bout where I wished I hadn’t done it. In fact, I mostly gasp how much better I feel and always say to myself “I should do this more.”
If you are like me, maybe you should try?