“I’LL NEVER BE FLEXIBLE”
Have you ever said this, out loud, or silently to yourself?
Whether or not you realize it, that statement is akin to saying “I’LL NEVER BE FIT”. We all know FITNESS is a not an exact destination, but a journey. Ever-evolving, ever-changing, ever-challenging. We all have our areas of admirable strength, and our own real or imagined weaknesses. Same goes for flexibility… it’s a process and takes time to improve. So with that, we’d like to challenge you to alter your perspective on flexibility.
TOP FIVE REASONS TO COMMIT TO FLEXIBILITY
- You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.
- More mobility gives you a broader range of motion, which translates to building more efficient movements better performance, in and out of the gym.
- Flexibility, like strength, will decrease with age unless you take control.
- Stretching helps increase circulation, with a host of benefits
- Increased flexibility can improve your relationship… go figure.
OK, YOU’RE ON BOARD – NOW WHAT?
- Make it a habit. Research shows it takes an average of 21 days to change or
develop a habit. Commit to a month wholeheartedly, and see if the results are
- Create the time. Challenge yourself to take just 10-15 minutes every night before
bed, or get up 10-15 minutes early each day (that extra 15 minutes isn’t going to
move the meter on feeling rested or not… so don’t kid yourself). You’re up early,
you’ve got your stretchy pants on… so now what?
- Take a yoga class once or twice a week. A Hatha class or Beginner class will not only give you great building blocks, but here in SRQ you can almost be guaranteed a co-ed crowd, as well as upwards of 50% of the class also being a beginner, (or even being first-timers.
- Check out and subscribe to Romwod.com – a favorite of ours at Synergy Fitness – For $15/month you can get a daily routine that you can follow along with anytime of the day.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Stretch in a warm environment, it helps.
- Hold, don’t bounce.
- Breath during your stretches. Exhale to release the tension, not just in the stretched area, but pay attention if you are clenching your jaw, tensing your neck/shoulders, furrowing your brow… etc.
- Let it go. May the stretch be with you!