Flexibility is very important to continue performing your everyday tasks of walking, climbing stairs and reaching.
Few people realize that tight muscles can mal-align your joints and start joint pains, even deterioration of joint surfaces by abnormal pull of tight muscles.
Keeping your joints and your back in their normal anatomical alignment is key to preventing back pain and joint pain.
Often people are in a hurry to workout or play sports and miss the key importance of stretching resulting in injuries like muscle strains, knee pain etc.
Often falls in the elderly occur due to tight Achilles tendons or hip flexors (muscles in the front of your hips), resulting in dragging their toes and stumbling.
Flexibility improves balance and prevents falls.
When folks sit for long periods, whether it is for office work or bending over a craft project, stretching counteracts their bent over posture and prevents a stiff neck or sore back
When we sit the hip and knee are bent at 90 degrees, the muscles that cause the bending and remain in that position for several hours, have a tendency to get tight, and cause back pain. Unless they are stretched in the opposite direction.
Stretching will keep your muscles supple, allow your joints to move through their entire range and help you maintain good posture