Flexibility exercise in its simplest form stretches and elongates muscles. Disciplines that incorporate stretching with breath control and meditation include yoga and tai chi. The benefits of stretching may go beyond physical improvements, to include stress reduction and the promotion of a greater sense of well-being.
Review Date: 5/21/2012
Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.