I used to stretch all the time growing up. I would stretch before I worked out. I would stretch after I worked out. I would stretch in the mornings. I would stretch in the evenings. I would stretch all the time because I wanted to improve my joint mobility and make sure that my body was prepared for my workouts. For over a decade, stretching was a staple in my workout routine.
Despite all of that stretching, I never got to the point where I felt really flexible. I would always feel stiff and achy. My muscles felt chronically tight. This persisted until I made one change to how I was doing my “stretching”. (more…)