Remaining flexible is an important aspect of any workout routine because stretching your muscle fibers help prevent injury, increase your fitness levels and keep you agile and healthy.
In addition, good flexibility will help with both balance and posture, which both become increasingly important as you get older. It can also aid in reducing stress and improving sleep as stretching helps improve blood flow around the body.
This daily four-step plan will aid your flexibility levels and help you maintain an active lifestyle if you’re cooped up at home and unable to access the high-tech equipment at your gym due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Begin first thing – in bed
You can do the same simple yoga stretches such as the spinal twist, happy baby pose and the fish pose when you wake up, without the need to hop out of bed and onto the yoga mat. Your muscles wont be warmed up, so don’t push yourself too hard, but these exampled are also gentle enough to do at the end of the day before bed.
Roll out the knots
A proper rolling technique helps loosen the knots in your connective tissue and also loosens tight muscles. Foam rollers are an investment you should make as using them in the right manner can alleviate aches and pains to aid your flexibility.
Cool down properly
After working out the most important thing to do is stretch the muscles you’ve used to help your body stay flexible and aid a fast recovery – especially if you’ve been pounding the treadmill or exercise bike.
Add yoga and Pilates to your routine
If you’re serious about staying flexible, adding a bite-size amount of yoga or Pilates to your fitness regimen will help you strengthen your muscles – and you’ll see results as you progress with it.