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January 15, 2024

Most Effective Ways To Improve Your Flexibility

Posted In: Fitness & Wellness

Most people think of exercise and immediately think of weights, treadmills, and weight machines. Getting strong and building endurance is part of fitness, but you need flexibility for total fitness. Flexibility workouts help increase your range of motion so you don’t experience injury doing simple tasks. Warm up before an exercise by stretching and use stretching to cool down afterward. If you’re doing active recovery, stretching can help speed the process. It’s the most effective way to boost flexibility.

Start the improvement as soon as you wake up.

Before you start your day, the first thing you do should be stretching. Your body temperature drops and your respiration slows as you sleep. When you first wake up, stretch. It slowly warms the muscles, boosts circulation, and increases oxygen intake when a yawn accompanies it. Start by stretching in bed, tightening your stomach muscles as much as possible while you stretch. Sit up and shift your bodyweight side-to-side at the waist for more stretching. Get out of bed, reach for the sky, and then throw your arms open and lean as far back as possible. It only takes a minute but provides a world of benefits.

Relieve back pain and improve your posture and flexibility with two yoga poses.

Many yoga poses have become traditional bodyweight exercises, like the bridge. Combining two poses, the cat and the cow, increases flexibility while relieving back pain. Start with the cat pose. Get on your hands and knees. Arch your back like an angry cat as you lower your head. Hold the position, return to the starting position, then move to the cow position. Drop your belly and raise your head. Hold and return. Alternate between positions to improve back flexibility and reduce pain.

Warm your muscles before flexibility training.

Warm-up stretches are dynamic stretches that increase circulation, but they aren’t as effective for improving long-term flexibility as the static stretches done after the muscles are warm. The warmed muscles let you increase your range of motion, boosting flexibility. That’s the time to do static exercises like touching your toes or hamstring stretches, both static stretches where you to a position and hold it. Warm your muscles before doing static exercises and you’ll get better flexibility results.

  • Increased flexibility improves your posture and boosts your energy. Good posture reduces the effort of the muscles. Consistently doing flexibility exercises helps.
  • Once you’ve warmed your muscles, do yoga poses like the child pose. Get on your hands and knees and slowly drop your bottom until it touches your heels, keeping your hands in place and arms stretched out in front. Your head should be on your thighs. Hold the pose.
  • Stretch, lengthen, and strengthen your body. Take a few minutes throughout the day to reach upward and stretch your body. Hold your arms out to your sides and bend to touch the side of your knees. When you walk, try to push your head to the sky.
  • Do the twist. Extend your arms and twisting side to side can help relax the muscles in the body and build strength and flexibility. Doing simple stretches throughout the day can boost flexibility and help you live a healthier life.

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