This is from an email I just sent to one of new my personal training clients. I love that she is open to hearing the expertise I can offer her in meeting the goals she wishes to achieve.
"A note on flexibility: You’ve told me that sitting at work for long periods of time is hurting your back. I believe you and I agree with you. So doing the very same thing, that is, holding a pose for a long time, is not going to help you with flexibility. Moving a joint around to move the synovial fluid WILL increase flexibility.
Image a candle that has not been lite yet and try to bend it. The candle will break, right? The candle has to be lite AND warm up in order to be moved around. If the candle is left in one position for too long, however, it will become stuck in that position, much like your muscles. To move the candle again, the joint and muscles have to be warmed up again.
If you would indulge me, I’ve included a YouTube video below to help you at home with flexibility. It’s a 50 minute video. If you can do all 50 minutes, fantastic, but if you did even 20 minutes every other day, it will make a HUGE impact on your flexibility. HUGE!