There are many ways to improve your flexibility, but have you ever wondered why it’s so important to do so? Flexibility affects many aspects of our daily life that you may not even realize. From the way we feel physically to the way we feel mentally, flexibility plays an key role. Learn how these 4 reasons to improve your flexibility will also improve your overall health!
1. Prevents Injury
When you increase your flexibility, you can dramatically reduce your chances of disc and muscle strains, and also reduce aches and pains that come from muscle tightness. Additionally, you can reduce the chance of tweaking your back caused by unnatural movements. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles which will ultimately give you a more full range of motion allowing your muscles to work more effectively. So take those extra few minutes no matter how busy you are to stretch before a workout and also consider adding a yoga class to your weekly workout schedule.
2. Improves Your Posture
Flexibility can do wonders for your posture. When you stretch daily, you are elongating your muscles which naturally improves your posture. Poor posture in the long-term negatively affects the health of your muscles, joints, ligaments and can even cause problems affecting digestion, breathing, stress and depression. Did you know poor posture can also make you appear heavier? By improving your flexibility, you will naturally be eliminating any of the negative effects caused by poor posture.
3. Increases Strength
You may not know this but flexibility plays a key role in the strength of your body. It increases your range of motion which also increases your ability to gain strength. Think about the amount of mobility needed from your wrists, shoulders, hips and ankles to do weight training. Aside from weight training, increasing your flexibility can naturally improve the strength of muscles you use every day. The benefit? Better strength, tone and definition!
4. Promotes Blood Circulation
Flexibility can also improve the circulation of blood in your body. You may be asking yourself, why is this important? Well, it’s important that oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles for a few reasons – mobility, proper organ function, strength and proper joint alignment. These aspects of our body are used every day and require proper circulation to keep us feeling healthy and energized.
SUGGESTIONS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR FLEXIBILITY:
If possible, try to incorporate stretching into your (busy, we know) schedule 3-4 times per week. If time is short, focus on stretches that work the larger muscle groups such as shoulders, hamstrings, hips and lower back, and calf muscles. It’s these areas that are prone to stiffness and soreness as we grow older. Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds in problem areas, you may need to hold for around 60 seconds. Breathe normally as you stretch and remember to always be careful not to overdo it.
Oh how we love yoga! Unlike most other physical exercise that only works on a physical level, yoga involves both your mental and physical capabilities. There’s a balance of energy between the body and the brain as well as increasing your flexibility, toning your muscles, and improving your lung capacity. All basic yoga poses work towards increasing the flexibility. Incorporating yoga as a regular part of your workout program is really ideal at ANY age.
Remember, not all yoga studios, teachers or classes are created equal. Find a studio that inspires you as there are many, MANY different types of yoga. So explore before you settle and remember there are also some pretty fantastic online options for practicing at home such as yogaglo.com
So remember, maintaining and enhancing your flexibility is a life-long process. Diet and exercise play key roles in your overall health and wellness but gaining and maintaining flexibility should be a top priority throughout your entire life.
Please share with us ways you improve your flexibility, we love hearing from you!
Happy and Healthy Blessings,
The Roots Team