How flexible are you? Over time we lose flexibility, it just happens. Especially if we don’t do anything to prevent the stiffness and tightness that develops over time.
I remember as a kid I can jump, run and move around without any limitations. Now it’s a totally different story. If I’m not keeping up with my regular Pilates routine and stay limber and flexible I’m in for a rude awakening come morning.
But, I know I’m not the only one that tightens up. Let’s face, now a days we spend much of our time either driving or sitting in front of the computer all day long. Not that I mind sitting in front of my computer writing because I love it. I just don’t love the tight back and shoulders that comes with it.
So, staying limber and keeping the body moving every day helps to battle the flexibility issues that comes over time. Feeling inflexible, stiff and out right tight can cause some serious injuries.
It can get pretty frustrating when you’re working out super hard and the flexibility, or lack of, stops you from really getting into the moves. It takes just a bit of patience to loosen up the stiffness in the body.
In the video below I demonstrate a few exercises you can get started today to improve flexibility and posture, make sure to take note of the important key points as I explain the move.
Here’s the thing…do not expect the flexibility to happen overnight. It won’t…I hate to break it to you that way but it’s true. It’s one of the challenges I see with a lot of my clients and it takes time. There is no magic pill or move that will miraculously make you super flexible the next morning.
You’ll need to work at it, every day. But the good news is you don’t have to spend alot of time every day working on your flexibility. If you take at least 5 to 10 minutes a day and practice a few moves to help with the stiffness you will notice a big difference in your range of motion and flexibility.
Practice the move I demonstrated in the video above, in the beginning if you are unable to keep your legs straight out on the floor, bend them slightly and work up to straight legs.
It will happen!