How to Improve Flexibility
If you are looking for a technique that will increase the overall mobility and health of your body, you will want to learn how to improve flexibility. Understanding how to improve flexibility will allow you to relieve tight or sore muscles, will condition your muscles to become stronger, and will allow you a greater range of mobility to participate in the activities you love.
As you participate in stretching and flexibility exercises, ensure that you wear the proper gear that will support and cushion your joints, muscles, and ligaments. Cho-Pat® and Tuli’s® are two brands that make the products you may need for proper support and cushioning during your workout.
Some common flexibility exercises that will increase your range of motion include some simple techniques with the StretchRite®. The following are just a few of the flexibility exercises you can do with the StretchRite®:
- Hamstrings/Lower Back – Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and your knees locked. Point your toes straight up into the air. Wrap the StretchRite® around the soles of both feet. Gently pull back on the handles, while leaning your body forward.
- Shin – Lay with your back on the floor and your knees bent. Lift one leg up into the air. Wrap the StretchRite® around the ball of the foot and push outward with the foot. Gently pull on the handles to provide resistance to the shin.
- Shoulder/Chest – Stand with your arms down and extended behind you. Hold on to each handle of the StretchRite®. While pulling outward, raise your arms up behind your back as far as you can reach.
- Buttocks – Lay on the ground with your knees bent at a ninety degree angle and your feet in the air. Wrap the StretchRite® around one thigh. Cross the opposite foot over the first knee. Gently pull the StretchRite® toward the body.
In addition to these flexibility exercises, there are many others that you can perform on your own, without any tools, and that will allow you greater flexibility and mobility overall.