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How do you get flexible?
Well you must practice, A LOT! Flexibility isn’t something that comes easy, nor happens overnight-more like years. If you’re looking to achieve a pose like wheel, there are at least 40 different stretches I do before I even attempt the pose. So it’s never just one ideal stretch that will help you reach your goal – more like 100.
But here are a few pointers to help you out:
-Start by stretching 6 days a week for at least 10 minutes.
-Try to stretch even on those days when you are not engaging in other fitness activities, but don't stress if you can't find the time: one study found that stretching six times a week is ideal, but you will reap the benefits even if you stretch twice a day, 3-4 days a week
One great way to work stretching into your day is to do it as soon as you get up in the morning and last thing before bed at night. Try to stretch each of the ten major muscle groups: the quadriceps (quads) in the front of your thigh, the hamstrings on the back of your thigh, your calves, chest, back (including the trapezius between the shoulder blades), shoulders, triceps on back of the upper arm, biceps on the front of the upper arm, forearms, and abdominals
-Change your attitude of stretching: Instead of static stretching, which is about exertion into a stretch, you should think of stretching as a relaxing technique. Remember that old truism that says people who are relaxed during the moment of impact in a car crash tend to be injured less than those who brace themselves first? The same is true of stretching.
Put your body into a stretch position, and then ease into the stretch. You should stay focused and calm, without putting any exertion into your muscles or joints
- Stretch after warming up for exercise. Most experts agree that stretching cold muscles can cause muscle injury or pain.  Instead, consider stretching itself part of your exercise routine.
- Avoid deep, uncomfortable stretches. Instead of finding positions that are hard to hold for the count of the stretch, try positions that you could sit comfortably and have a conversation or watch television. It's important to hold a stretch for