3 Fun Ways to Improve Flexibility
By Genevieve Cunningham
Flexibility. If you ever watch small children, you may notice that their little bodies are incredibly flexible. As the years go by, that flexibility wanes a bit, especially if it isn’t given any special attention. Even though losing a bit of flexibility is normal, it’s not ideal. Flexibility and range of motion are important for a healthy and strong body. Luckily, even for the most inflexible, there is hope out there. To regain some of your flexibility and loosen your body more than ever before, take a look at these three fun tips.
Yes, this is a thing! Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy gymnastics. Though you may not be flipping across the floor, a gymnastics class aimed at adults might help you build both strength and flexibility. Check out the gyms in your area to find a class for adults, and give it a try. It might be a little intimidating at first, but chances are good you’ll actually have a great time once the newness and nerves wear off.
Though most yogis don’t want people to think that yoga is solely for flexibility, the truth is that sticking with a practice will likely improve your flexibility and range of motion. In order to find a class that you like, don’t be afraid to give a few different kinds of yoga a try. Hatha, Ashtanga, hot yoga … there are multiple choices. Each brings its own set of poses and paces, but each can help you build strength and widen your range of motion.
Stretch When You’re Warm
A lot of people stretch before their workout, and that’s a good thing. But if you’re trying to deepen your flexibility, it’s best to stretch when the body is slightly warm. Try jogging a bit, stretching, and then working out. Stretch both before and after your workout. Stretching once the body is warmed up allows for a deeper stretch that ultimately leads to improved flexibility.
Flexibility is important. If you’re not flexible, you’re more likely to get injured, suffer from pain, and experience tight and stiff muscles and ligaments. Use these tips to engage the body and regain some flexibility. Over time, your range of motion will widen and your body may start to feel better than it ever has before.
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