Effective Ways to Increase Your Flexibility

By  USDR

Flexibility is one of the most important factors you should be aware of if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The way we live today is reducing the flexibility of all of the muscles in many people’s bodies, which is leading to a wide range of health problems, that were not as common in the past. The following are some of the most effective ways to increase your  flexibility.

Dynamic Stretching

Regularly stretching your leg, arm and back muscles, increases their elasticity and flexibility. This is important, especially if you are not very active during the day or you take part in physical activities. Dynamic stretching is usually effective when you are warming up for a physical activity or simply want to maintain your flexibility. The most common dynamic stretching involves more movement than static stretching. The most common types of dynamic stretching exercises include squats, swinging motion, bending, twisting, lunges and  bounces.

Static Stretching

Static stretching is appropriate when you are cooling down after taking part in a physical activity or after you have completed a dynamic stretching program. These stretches require less movement. The most common static stretches include stretching the main parts of the body, such as the chest, biceps, back, shoulder, triceps, side bends, hamstrings, calves, groin and adductor  muscles

Sitting Down

The way we work and play has changed in a major way. Most people sit down for longer periods of time each day, which has a negative impact on their flexibility and posture. When you do sit down to work or play, make sure you sit upright and don’t slouch on the chair or sofa you sit on. Avoid sitting down for long periods of time by taking a walk, standing up or by  stretching.

Yoga

Taking up Yoga is one of the most effective ways to become more agile and supple. This is achieved through a range of stretching, movement, relaxation and breathing exercises. You don’t need any special equipment to start feeling the benefits of Yoga either. Simply buy high quality Yoga pants and take some lessons to familiarize yourself with this  activity.

Hydration

Dehydration affects the way your muscles work. The problem gets worse if you are dehydrated and take part in a sporting activity. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and have plenty of water available when you work out or play  sport.

Massage

The condition of your muscles determines how flexible they will be. Massage improves the condition of your muscles, especially if you receive massage treatment after exercising and stretching. A thorough massage removes knots in your muscles and you recover faster from the physical activity you take part in. The main muscles you should focus on include your quads, back, hamstrings and  calves.

Increasing your flexibility helps you run faster, reduces injuries and could improve your quality of life. However, most people ignore this important aspect of health and fitness training. Following the tips above will improve your flexibility and could change your life for the better in many different  ways.

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