Is it more important to have a strong body or to be flexible?

What it is more important? To be flexible or strong and muscular, like RoboCop?

Imagine a person who has difficulty moving, imprisoned by poor mobility tying up their shoes… How agonising! To even get out of bed or pick up a toothbrush that fell to the bathroom floor would be an immense effort…

It turns out that at this very moment, as you read this article, we age slowly.

Our body will "solidify" the joints, muscles and tendons, giving us less and less flexibility, until we reach the point when we need assisted help to tie our shoes, get out of bed and pick something up that just fell on the floor.

Lack of flexibility is not a natural thing, and sedimentation, which is slow and gradual, is due to lack of care and maintenance to the body, and this is how we live.

Everyone knows that when you buy a car, you need to do periodical maintenance. It is written in the user manual, the seller will tell you and the lights in the car will warn you to go and do it. Done, the car is like new!

Now just imagine you buy the car and never change the oil, instead of gasoline you put alcohol, salt, saturated fats, limitless amounts of sugars, you never change the tires or add air filters, oil, brake fluid, bearings ...

Instead of lasting 200,000 miles or more, the car would last 20,000 and would be completely ruined by the end.

Now, imagine ourselves, eating a considerable amount of unnecessary things, seldom observing our frugality, we may properly exercise at the gym, pushing ourselves to the maximum, working without rest, always breathing as someone who is ill (using only the upper part of the lungs) ... On Sundays excessively drinking more and more beer and wine and still holding onto an illusion of advancing towards old age in good health together with our children and grandchildren. Isn’t a little bit of illusion not the same?

Stretching is one of the most powerful and enjoyable ways to keep us flexible and healthy. In just one session we can produce energy in our body, create mild detoxification, increase flexibility in major joints and create a state of weightlessness and strength. Yes, you read that correct, strength within the body and almost no other technique can do it.

Army of Robocops

And it is with some sadness that I see men and women with strong and well-sculpted bodies, in pairs, coming out of gyms and fitness centres, as if on a production line.

Why is it we hold a false idea that swollen muscles defined by weightlifting is healthy?

For me and many other professionals in our area, a strong and flexible body is healthy and does not need to be enlarged for this purpose. It can be well defined and yet flexible. Who says a simple increase in muscle size means he is healthy?


There is a need for he who does, to know what he does, having been trained for this and not just someone who titles himself " a stretching instructor."

Unfortunately, errors in the exercises instead of promoting health produce problems in the joints, muscles, spine and later on to the brain by seriously affecting the sense of balance. If this is not stopped and corrected it could put the person in serious bad health and discomfort.


Validate benefits and you weaken something that has more to offer than just immediate results.

We do not like to validate benefits, but as this word is almost a disease in modern times, let it ...

If you do things the right way you will:

  • Increase energy in the body.
  • It will not eliminate stress, but will destroy it completely, because it will prevent it from returning.
  • By avoiding stress, you will eliminate a series of pains and diseases such as some ulcers.
  • Increase your body awareness.
  • Create a permanent state of health in the body.
  • You will feel lighter during your day to day.
  • Increased body awareness will help you avoid some bruising, tensions and among others torticollis.
  • Muscles prevent the consumption of energy that could be used at the end of the day on family activities, for yourself, your hobbies etc ...
  • Relieve most back pain, shoulder, neck, arm and other tendinitis

Gustavo Cardoso