BE A LITTLE FLEXIBLE
When I think of a well rounded physical fitness program I usually think of three components: endurance, strength, and flexibility. Of the three I think flexibility is the easiest to overlook, and yet improving flexibility has many advantages. A good stretching routine added to your warm-up, and cool down sections of your exercise program has obvious benefits in helping to avoid injuries to muscles and joints. In addition, increased flexibility through regular stretching can improve athleticism and general freedom of movement, independent of any other fitness program. Stretching the major muscle groups for a few minutes in your office or work space on a regular basis can help you feel better not only physically, but also emotionally. It can also help break up the monotony of a routine day.
A proper stretching program can also help counteract the negative muscular effects of stress. Stress creates a partial contraction of the muscles of the neck and back that can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, and neck, shoulder, and back pain. Simple stretches that can be done in your desk chair can help alleviate these symptoms.
So it is no stretch to say that increased flexibility is important to your overall wellness.