Stretching routines help prevent injury and improve flexibility. Get bendy with these flexibility exercises you can do in the comfort of your home!
We’ve looked at workout routines that build endurance, strength, and balance. Now, let’s look at how we can train and improve our flexibility at home.
What does it mean to be flexible? It’s more than being able to touch our toes!
Being flexible means we’re able to move our joints effectively through their full range of motion. In simpler terms, flexibility gives us more freedom of movement when exercising or in our day-to-day lives.
Flexibility exercises may not come into mind when we think about building fitness however, it is an essential fitness component necessary for us to perform everyday activities like bending down to pick something up, lifting our arms and shoulders to reach high shelves, and even sitting down.
Yes, we need flexibility for something as simple as sitting down with ease. You might have noticed elderly uncles stiffly lowering themselves onto MRT seats, a result of joints becoming less flexible with age.
Doing flexibility exercises can help us stay mobile as we grow older. Other benefits of flexibility include better exercise performance, reduced risk of injury during exercise, and better posture.
So, how do we improve flexibility? Let’s look at some flexibility exercises you can do at home without special equipment!
Loosen your joints and get your blood flowing with these beginner stretches that you can do anytime: while watching TV, after waking up, or intermittently at your work desk.
Go slow and steady, and never bounce or jerk. Stretch until you feel a pull — stop if you feel sharp pain. And remember to breathe as you perform your stretching routines!
As you get more flexible, try stretching further and holding your stretches for a longer time. Try holding for 20 seconds first, then once you’re up for the challenge, hold for 30 seconds. And challenge yourself with tougher stretches like a standing hamstring stretch, full bridges, and half splits!
Do consult your doctor before starting any exercise regime, and practise caution when exercising. Remember, safety first!
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This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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