Flexy Time – How to Increase Your Flexibility

May 20, 2021

Have you always wanted to increase your flexibility, but you don’t know how? 

At Body Alive, we will support you through all of your wildest flexy-ble dreams! 

Even if it seems impossible, know that you are in good hands and you have a collection of extremely talented teachers at Body Alive ready to help you become a stronger, more flexible version of yourself.

If you have tight hamstrings, stiff hips, and a painful lower back, sometimes it can feel uncomfortable to be in your own body. Our trainers and instructors at Body Alive can help shake off that stiff feeling you might have and reach your goals to increase your flexibility. Keep reading for tips on how to improve your flexibility.

Practice Yoga to Increase Your Flexibility

Proper stretching is one of the most important things you can do to increase your flexibility, and it makes you feel better, too! Stretching out your muscles and moving your body makes everyone feel good! So why not do it more often? Many people wonder if only doing yoga will increase their flexibility. But constantly stretching and having a healthy diet plays a massive role in helping your muscles respond and recover faster, resulting in more flexibility.

Yoga and fitness classes are helpful and will help to increase your flexibility. Many yoga poses can open up your hamstrings, hips, and lower back. These are common body parts that are stiff and sore, but they are also important to target when you want to increase your flexibility!

Benefits of Flexibility

Over time, many people lose their basic range of motion, such as the ability to bend forward and touch your toes, squat down deeply, and touch their hands behind their back. The good news is you can regain your lost flexibility, and the benefits you’ll experience go way beyond the yoga mat. 

You might be surprised to learn that lower back pain is often a result of tight hips, neck pain can be due to your stiff shoulders, and that inflexible hamstrings lead to dozens of aches in the body. Here are advantages of increasing your flexibility:

  • Less Injury: When your muscles are tight, your body creates workarounds that could result in injuries. One of the most common reasons people stop exercising is because they hurt themselves and then lose momentum. Stretching daily is an easy way to keep your muscles moving and help avoid injuries.
  • Reduce Back, Neck, and Body Pain: Stretching can reduce and even eliminate joint pain, muscle soreness, and cramping. The more you stretch and tap into natural movements, the more the aches and pains of an underactive life fade. 
  • Improved Sleep: Poor posture, muscle tension, and abnormal breathing patterns can be significantly reduced with as little as 5 minutes of stretching before bed. It can also help you sleep deeper and wake up refreshed!

Tip: Sit in front of the TV and stretch your muscles!

What if first thing in the morning, you could bend over and put the palm of your hands flat on the floor? What if you could sit with no back support for an hour without any discomfort? What if you could clasp your hands behind your back in a shoulder stretch?

All of these movements [and more] are possible for everyone! Practicing yoga, and eating a nutritious diet is essential to increasing your flexibility. There is a yoga pose for every level and you should speak with a local nutritionist if you want a balanced diet.

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