22 March 2021

How to Become More Flexible: Tips and Exercises

Having a wide range of motion is something that can be beneficial to you. Not only does flexibility help with your coordination and other aspects, but it can also be a way to ensure you are not injured as often when it comes to doing physical tasks. There is a reason that so many people work on their range of flexibility when they may be naturally a bit stiffer.

Can I Become More Flexible?

There is no doubt that with time and devotion to certain exercises, you can become more flexible. This is true even if you feel that you are stiff and have a small range of motion. The key is to stick with this and you will notice a difference in a few weeks or months depending upon how flexible that you are trying to get!

How to Become More Flexible: The Best Stretches

With this being said, if you are looking to become more flexible, there are some stretches that can help you achieve this. The best stretches for flexibility include:

1. Standing Hamstring Stretch

With this you stand up with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and arms at your sides. Bend forward at the heads, allowing your head to go towards the floor, making sure to keep your neck and shoulders relaxed. Wrap your arms around the back of your legs towards the ankles and hold this position for 45 seconds to two minutes. Bend you knees and roll up when done.

2. Butterfly Stretches

Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet together, knees bent and out to the side. Hold onto your ankles, then slowly lower your body toward your feet, keeping your abs engaged as you do. If you cannot bend over, then you can simply press your knees down to help open up the muscles. Hold this stretch for around 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

3. Knee to Chest Stretches

Lie on your back with both legs extended, then pull the right knee to your chest, keeping the left leg straight. Hold this for up to 2 minutes, then alternate sides.

4. Sphinx Pose

This is a great stretch for your lower back that can be so relaxing once you do it. You are going to want to lie on your stomach with your legs out behind you. Place your elbows under your shoulders, with the forearms on the floor. Lift your chest up off the floor, then press your hips and thighs into the floor. Then sit up just enough to feel the lower back start to stretch.

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