The ability of muscles and joints to flex is called flexibility fitness.
Your muscles need to move and stretch through a full range of motions. When you’re “flexibly fit, ” you’re less likely to get hurt during physical activity.
Increase your flexibility! Stretch those muscles so that they stay flexible enough to support your joints.
Check out the stretching exercises on the following two pages.
EXAMPLES OF STRETCHES YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO DO WITH HELP FROM A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR
Remember: It’s important to use proper form to avoid injuries while stretching. The extent of stretching depends on your flexibility! Ask your PE teacher, coach, health care professional, or other qualified adult to demonstrate safe stretching form and techniques before you begin.
Safe stretching involves understanding how NOT to go beyond comfortable levels, how to stretch s-l-o-w-l-y, how to hold the stretch gently (for about ten seconds), and that you should NOT bounce.