Being flexible such as doing splits or kissing your knees with straight legs definitely takes time and most of that time should be focused on stretching.
Here are some of the reasons why stretching is important.
Boosts your recovery
Stretching helps ease or prevent muscle tension. There’s a reason why it’s important to stretch before and after exercise. Not only does stretching warm the body but it does wonders for recovery and may just prevent the dreaded DOMS — Delayed Onset Muscle Syndrome. Exercising creates toxins in the body as muscles are exerted. When you stretch the muscles after exercise, these toxins will be moved into the bloodstream and out of your muscles and will be broken down and wiped out.
It prepares your body for the pain onward
Stretching prepares your body for different kinds of movements and allows your body to warm-up as it encourages proper blood flow and it delays the onset of muscle fatigue. When you stretch, muscles enjoy an efficient oxygen supply and the nutrients needed to keep them going throughout your workout.
Has a calming effect
Stretching has a wonderful and calming effect. As your muscles contract and grow, the physical body relaxes and transforms you to a more relaxed and calm emotional state.
Reduces the risk of injury
Stretching is a preventive way for your body to be prone to injury by ensuring it stays mobile and flexible. It also helps your joints move through their full range of motion and enable your muscles to work most effectively. In addition, it reduces muscle soreness after exercise.
Builds and elongates muscle
When stretching, it pulls the fibers within your muscles and activates a stretch reflex. It allows your body to move through the full range of motion when hitting weights. Thus, it creates long and full muscles.
Keep in mind that being flexible presents many benefits to the human body that are not just exercised in the gym.