Ageing affects flexibility, and our bodies become uncomfortably stiff. Engaging in proper stretching techniques is of utmost importance, because these reduce the risk of injuries, stimulate circulation, reduce stress, and promote proper body posture.
Your body is designed to stretch. That’s the first thing you do when you wake up or sit for too long, right? It’s more like a natural reflex.
We give you some of the best stretches that will increase your flexibility within a month.
Leg and hamstring stretch
Stand still, and touch your toes, while keeping your knees straight. You can also do this while sitting. This stretch works amazing for your legs and hamstrings. Slow movements work better because hurting yourself is the last thing you should do.
Stand straight, and keep your feet hip-width apart. Bend your hips, and go as low as possible. Hold your body in this position for 30 seconds, and focus on your calves and hamstrings. Bring your body to the initial position. This is an excellent stretch for your hamstrings and calves.
These stretches focus on the balance of your body. Remember, flexibility matters. Here’s a nice stretch you should try:
Stand still and keep your legs apart. Raise your arm above the head, and bow it towards the opposite side. Hold in this position for 5-10 seconds, and bring your body to the initial position. Switch arms.
Stretch your back to strengthen your spine. Do regular stretching exercises to relieve lower back pain.
Lie flat on the floor, and keep your limbs straight. “Hug” your leg at the knee, and pull it towards your chest. Hold in this position as long as you can. Return the leg to its initial position, and switch legs. Do 2-5 repetitions for each leg.
Lie on the floor, and keep your legs straight. Bend your knees, and make sure you keep your feet flat on the floor. “Hug” your leg right behind the knee, and pull it towards your chest. The lower part of the leg should “hover” in the air. Hold in this position for 20-30 seconds, and return your leg to its initial position. Switch legs.
Do these stretches for 30 days, and you will notice how your flexibility has improved significantly. You will never deal with sore joints, bad posture, and poor health.
Always consult your physician before you try new stretching techniques.