"I need to stretch more" seems to be the go-to phrase whenever someone is feeling stiff or when they haven’t been as active recently. It’s true: These days, the majority of us spend far too much time sitting in front of a computer and only getting active when we exercise for an hour or so per day.
Stretching may not be the answer, though: Stretching is more complex than a simple sit-and-reach, and it doesn't help matters that every other trainer, instructor, and physical therapist has a different opinion on the matter.
At the end of the day, every person has different needs and abilities, so my intention is not to tell you about stretches that will magically turn you into Simone Biles—it's about giving you the understanding you need in order to stretch more efficiently and safely. Here are five things that you may not know about stretching that can completely change your path to feeling and moving better: