The body is flexible. It is supposed to be flexible. You must be able to bend and reach something you drop on the floor. You must be able to zip the back of your favorite dress. You must be able to reach that book you need to read from the top shelf.

These are simple activities. Nothing grand about them, you merely stretched out a bit. However, if there are difficulties in doing such simple motions, then you already need a stretching program.

What Is Stretching?
Stretching is simply the act of extending to full length the body or simply a part of it. This activity involves straightening or stretching the structure or the limbs.

How Does One Do the Stretching?
Stretching is fairly easy. As mentioned in the introduction, it is part of normal daily activities. It can be done by anyone, regardless of age. However the extent of stretching, flexing and the range of joint movements can be minimized as we age. This can very well slow an active lifestyle. This is why stretching as part of a regular exercise routine is very important.

Simple stretches can be done every day and easily incorporated into daily activities. It does not require much of your time.

The ideal length of time to devote to stretching is about 10 minutes. This will give the body enough opportunity to move and flex the muscles.

Having a flexible body is vital to our well being. If we want to age gracefully and live a long and vibrant life we need to take stretching seriously.