Being flexible is not just for yogis and gymnasts. It’s not just about being able to do splits or turn yourself into a pretzel either. Being flexible is beneficial for the muscles and ligaments and is a great way to keep the body relaxed and pain-free. Stretching can also help relieve muscle cramps, and honestly, it feels good to be flexible and in control of your body. Being flexible is also great for preventing injuries and will also prevent back pain. Basically, there is nothing negative about being flexible, only benefits. So here are some tips on how to become more flexible.
Too many people underestimate the importance of warming up before stretching. But stretching without warming up can do more harm than good. Your muscles need to be warm so they stretch and become more flexible. You may be more flexible than you think, and warming up will show you the true extent of your body’s flexibility.
2. Take it one day at a time
Becoming more flexible will take time and you can’t rush it. Your body needs time to get used to something it wasn’t used to before. So stretch a little every day, just a few minutes per muscle group will be enough, but definitely don’t try to do splits in a day or even a week. You could get hurt and that will only slow you down.
3. Stretch everywhere
Too many people simply choose one area of their body, for example they want to be able to bend in half perfectly or just do the splits. But all your muscles are connected; In fact, everything in your body is interconnected, so you should stretch your entire body and work on becoming more flexible overall.
4. Remember to breathe
Many people tend to hold their breath while stretching, but that only causes them to tense up. To become flexible, you need to relax and breathing can help with that. Try to inhale just before you stretch and exhale as you try to deepen the stretch. Repeat 3 to five times for each stretch.