Maintaining and improving flexibility is vital to healthy aging, countless injuries stem from simple muscular imbalances and lack of flexibility. Fortunately improving flexibility is relatively simple and safe.
When looking to improve your flexibility, there are two forms of stretching you should work on. The first is relatively new, is extremely effective, and is known as dynamic stretching. The second is the classic and more familiar, static stretching.
Dynamic stretching is a movement based warm-up, that is similar to calisthenics. While static stretching, is simply holding a stretched position, and is best used as a cool down.
While I go much more advanced, with flexibility training, during my actual personal training sessions. I would like to give you some basics to try.
A simple form of dynamic stretching is…
Leg Swings: Stand sideways against a wall or anything you can lean on, swing your leg as high as you can and bring it back behind you as far as you can comfortably. This is a great way to loosen your hamstrings and hips.
Static Stretching: Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you, reach for your toes, and hold the position for 10-20 seconds.
These are extreme basics, but are a good way to get you started. If you would like more info, or if you would like help achieving your fitness goals, call 541-505-6779 to schedule your FREE WEEK of PERSONAL TRAINING.
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