What is flexibility?
Flexibility is defined as the ability to easily bend an object. Flexibility is necessary for normal activities that require bending, twisting, and reaching. Maintaining good range of motion allows you to do everyday tasks. You can increase flexibility through careful stretching of the muscles. In addition to making normal activities possible and pain-free, flexible muscles relieve stress, promote good posture, reduce the risk of pain and injury, and allow ease of movement throughout life. Good flexibility also reduces your risk of low back pain which many people experience. With poor flexibility comes the risk of:
- Imbalanced Body
- Imbalanced Mind
- Excessive Stress on Joints
Pain will develop in muscles or joints where there is strain caused by poor flexibility. You don’t have to live with pain!
What should you do now?
1. Start with simple stretches that work the major muscle groups, like hip flexors. Lay face up on a tall surface, such as your bed. Stay close to the edge and allow your right leg to drop off the side of your bed. Hopefully, your foot does not touch the ground so you can feel a deeper stretch. Next, grab your left knee and pull it into your chest with the right leg still off the edge of the bed. Hold this position for 60 seconds, then relax. Repeat two more times and then switch legs.
2. Low back pain is commonly due to tension in the upper thighs known as the backside of your hamstrings. Stretching is an easy non-invasive way to help with the pain. Standing with feet together, slowly bend at the waist to reach down and attempt to touch your toes. Do not bounce! Hold for 60 seconds and repeat 3 times. If you prefer to sit you have the option of completing the same stretch while sitting down and placing your legs straight out in front of you. Bend at the waist once again, and reach for your toes.
3. Join a functional fitness class! Make it fun by doing it with others. Consider a yoga class, which can have great effects on the mind and body!
Hohman Rehab & Sports Therapy is now offering a chair yoga class every Tuesday from 11-11:30am. We cater to the Clermont 34711 area, and if you’re interested in attending, please call (352)404-6908 to RSVP!