How flexible are you at the moment? You might be able to get your leg behind your head. Some people can’t even straighten their legs while lying on their backs! If you’re not very flexible right now, don’t worry. There are lots of things you can do to become more flexible, and I’ll tell you what – they’ll change your life! I’m not the most flexible person in the world, but I make sure I work on different flexibility exercises so that my overall fitness is taken care of. If I did nothing but lift weights the whole time, I’d become stiff, sore, and probably injure myself a lot. Here’s how becoming more flexible will change your life, and how you can do it:
Increased Range Of Motion
When you work on becoming more flexible, you will increase your range of motion. Doing regular everyday things like reaching overhead will become easier. You’ll also be able to perform better in other kinds of workouts. If you don’t stay flexible, you might find things like this very difficult as you age.
Being more flexible can help to prevent injury. If you don’t work on your flexibility, tendons around the muscles become tight. This not only impedes your range of motion, but can make injury more likely too. When you stay flexible, you can stay injury free even into old age.
Staying flexible encourages the body to properly circulate blood around the body. This keeps us feeling great and able to perform in our day to day lives.
There’s nothing worse than seeing somebody with bad posture. Slouching is not a good look, and it’s bad for us. When you stay flexible, you’ll have better posture for longer. You’ll find standing up straight much more comfortable.
Better Overall Health And Well Being
Types of exercise that promote flexibility can decrease stress levels. This can help you to experience better well being every day. You’ll also experience better health if you incorporate flexibility training with other kinds of training. There’s such a thing as being too strong and not flexible enough, as well as too flexible and not strong enough. By focusing on resistance, cardio, flexibility, and adequate rest, you’ll have your health and well being covered. It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at now. The sooner you start, the better! You’ll keep illness at bay and ensure you’re living a high quality of life as you age.
How To Become More Flexible
- Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing. Practices like True Pilates can be a great addition to your regular routine.
- Always warm up dynamically before any workout, and stretch it out afterwards.
- Ensure you’re always working on improving your form.
- Download apps to help you perfect stretches at home.
- Take it slowly so you don’t injure yourself.
- Take hot baths with salts to soothe sore muscles.
- Have occasional massages to keep muscles knot free and supple.
Stay flexible and you’ll be able to live a high quality of life, whatever your age!