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4. Get flexible!

It’s often overlooked, but it is of vital importance in maintaining fitness. Flexibility enables muscle growth, and supple limbs and helps your body to relax after a workout. Without it, muscles can become tight, strained or cramped and joints can be pulled out of alignment. Flexibility allows joints and muscles to move through their full range of motion, easing movement and increasing blood circulation.

"The best way to increase flexibility is to stretch. Static stretching – i.e. isolating each muscle and holding a stretch for 30 seconds – is a great way to relax your body in the evening and assist muscles in the recovery process."

Stretching before a workout will ensure the maximum benefit from exercising and keep your body in working order. It helps to release and loosen the muscle and works best when you relax and breathe with each stretch.