Performing exercises that are designed to increase the flexibility of your joints and muscles will help you prevent injuring yourself. This principle of keeping yourself flexible can be illustrated by a fishing rod. A flexible fishing rod will bend and hold a large fish without breaking. However, a rod that is stiff and inflexible will break easier and it is more difficult to land your catch. The same is true of your tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
How can you get more flexibility in your muscles and joints? There are various stretching and relaxing techniques that can improve flexibility in muscles and help you avoid injuries. For example, you can use static stretching to improve flexibility. To do this, stretch a muscle as far as you can and hold the position for 10 to 60 seconds. Then release and relax the muscle. Repeat a few times to increase flexibility in the muscle.
Another method to improve your flexibility and prevent injury is to strengthen opposite muscle groups. For example, if you have back problems, you should work to strengthen your abdomen muscles because doing this will provide better support for your back.
It is also important to keep yourself well hydrated because it prevents a buildup of toxins in the muscles, which can lead to inflammation and stiffness, causing the muscles to be damaged easily.