I don’t know about you but flexibility has never been one of my strong suits. In school I could never pass the toe touch test in P.E. and really never tried to get better at it. Then I ventured into adulthood and realized flexibility is actually really important for day to day life.
Now I’m proud to say I can touch the floor without bending my knees, and pigeon is my favorite yoga pose/stretch.
You’re probably like “cool Alyssa thats nice for you but HOW do I get more flexible?!” So, here are my tips and how I keep improving:
1. Stretch: Seems so easy and like a DUH moment, but really you need to stretch after your workouts. Have a whole workout dedicated to stretching, and really work on the areas that you aren’t performing as well in.
2. Breath into your stretches: when you’re stretching focus on your breath, and when you exhale go deeper. Hold at that point for a few breaths and then go deeper again. It takes time even if you are flexible to get far enough into a stretch to really get the job done.
3. Water and Collagen: drink your water because hydration plays a huge role in your body’s ability to perform well. Collagen because it helps strengthen your ligaments, which in turn helps them be more elastic, and that equals flexibility. HERE is the collagen product that I use and love!
4. Have a designated stretching workout: This has honestly been one of the biggest factors in being more flexible lately. In the workout program I’m currently doing we have a stretching workout every 10th day. Of course we stretch after each workout, but having these designated days to get deep stretching in has been so monumentally effective I can’t imagine where I’d be without it. (Program I’ve been doing found HERE)