Stiff muscles and rigid body often lead to several injuries. Inflexible body puts a lot of restrictions on your movements and can result in muscle pain if you stretch it too much.
However, having a flexible body is very important, since we need to stretch our body in several ways while doing daily activities. If you don't have a naturally flexible body, then exercises can be done for improving flexibility of the body.
How to Improve Flexibility
Since these exercises to improve flexibility can be performed at any time during the day, you won't have to alter your schedule. Just make sure you leave a gap of at least an hour between your last meal and the workout.
Here's what you can do...
Here's what you can do...
Stand in an upright position with your legs together. Now, slowly raise you hands forward and try to touch your toes. Stretch your hands only as long as you are comfortable. Maintain the position as long as you can. Repeat this exercise 3 - 4 times in each session. Over the time, you'll find that you can bend down with more ease.
Stretch your body sideways as far as possible. Then, reverse the position of the hands and repeat the exercise, now, with your body bending in the opposite direction. Repeat the exercise 3 - 4 times on each side.
Calf compression is performed by elevating your body by standing on your toes. Hold the position for a few minutes. Repeat it several times a day.
Stand upright with your legs apart. Bend one leg at knee and grasp your foot with one hand. Press it against your buttocks. Now perform the same exercise with the opposite leg and hand. Repeat 4 - 5 times, every session.
Tips for Stretching Exercises
- Make sure you are not dehydrating yourself during these exercises. Drink ample water before you begin with the stretching exercises.
- Breathe deeply and evenly throughout the session. Many people inadvertently hold their breath while stretching. Remember, the oxygen that you breathe while stretching, directly goes to your muscles.
- Know your limits. Do not stretch your body to the point that it becomes very uncomfortable or painful.
- Besides the mentioned exercises, you can also opt for dancing or yoga exercises. Dancing, in fact, is the best way to improve flexibility of the body. Aerobics, is yet another way of improving flexibility of the body.
Diet for Improving Flexibility
Any exercise yields desirable results only when you accompany it with appropriate diet. Thus, diet also plays a significant role in improving your flexibility. There are certain foods which assist in improving your agility, while some others impede your suppleness.
Thus, with the blend of stretching exercises and healthy diet, you can certainly improve your flexibility to a great extent. It is best to work upon your flexibility from a younger age itself, so that you do not face problems as you age.