It can hurt at times and seem to take a while, but stretching is really good for that. When I was younger, I did it a lot and was pretty flexible, especially with my legs. After being more sedentary, i really began to feel the stiffness so I know that it can hurt but it can hurt worse when you stop stretching.
I am not an impatient person, so I am probably the wrong person to ask. What I do is just do my best every day, and see what happens. I do not try to push myself or my joints. I am very afraid of the damage that pushing or being pushed can do. Mostly it works, and I get more flexible.
When you could get flexible is every morning or afternoon stretch for about 10 to even 30 minutes if you're really that committed. Make stretching fun write down your own little routine for yourself with fun names. You could even ask a family member or a friend to do it with you!!!!
Flexibility is exist but you gotta make sure what's your priorities. Makes your adjustment and stick to it, this is another way of flexible as well.
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I can be very inflexible when my anxiety is up or I'm stressed so I've made it a habit to practice the pause. Whenever I notice I'm feeling anxious or stressed, I make myself pause and take a deep breath and I ask myself what can be tweaked to make this better. What's the trigger here? How do I manage it? This helps me to be more flexible in my approach to situations or in my behavior.
Start with a manageable routine, between 6-10 minutes every morning. Look up stretches for troublesome areas and rotate between stretches holding each for a minimum of 30 seconds. Keep it up for a few weeks then do the same stretches in the evening. Once you have added two 6-10 minute sessions morning and evening start looking into more variations of stretches and slowly increase till you're stretching for a at least 30 minutes a day, ideally two 15 minute sessions morning and before bed. The difference over time you will feel will amaze you.