Stretching Tips for Inflexible People
Whenever someone hears that I’m a flexibility specialist, they immediately tell me how inflexible they are. They inform me they can’t do the splits or touch their toes. Most people don’t think of themselves as flexible and that’s because there is this mentality that unless you have extreme flexibility then you aren’t considered flexible. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The truth is, you need to be flexible enough for your lifestyle. And everyone’s needs are different. If you can move without stiffness and pain while performing daily activities and your desired sport then you’re flexible.
Now, if you find that muscle tension keeps you from enjoying playing your favourite sport, activities or even just getting up and down from a chair. Then there is definitely room for improvement.
When you’re first starting flexibility training, it's important to start slowly and be patient. Like anything important, getting more flexible takes time.
Here are a few tips to help you get started with stretching:
- Warm up: it's important to warm up your muscles, connective tissue and joints. This can be accomplished by performing dynamic stretching exercises for 5-10 minutes.
- Focus on your breathe: as you perform each stretch, focus on slowly inhaling and then making the exhale longer. This will help to relax your nervous system which releases muscle tension. Take your time: sometimes stretching positions are uncomfortable. If you feel you can’t maintain a position. Try getting into the position and then out of it right away. Make the exercise getting in and out of the stretch.
- Incorporate a variety of stretching techniques: There are many different types of stretching exercises. The main ones are: static stretching, dynamic stretching, and active stretching. Try incorporating a variety of stretching techniques into your routine.
- Be consistent: Stretching should be a regular part of your routine, not just something you do once in a while. Aim to stretch at least a few times a week to see the best results.
Remember, flexibility is a gradual process, and it's important to be patient and kind to your body. Don't push yourself too hard, and listen to your body to avoid injury.
Not sure where to start? Reach out and we’d be happy to help you get started on your flexibility journey.
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