Author: Nancy Rishworth
Copyright (c) 2008 Nancy Rishworth
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? All too often, we don't pay attention to our bodies. We give it food that's convenient to us, but not so great for the system, insufficient exercise, and a steady diet of stress. We tune out symptoms that are intended to alert us to problems and we allow ourselves to get run down and sick.
If you'd like to start taking better care of yourself and feel better, the answer may be as simple as learning how to increase flexibility.
We tend to underestimate the importance of flexibility in our lives. We assume that flexibility is required to do ballet, yoga, even martial arts - but not essential to our functioning. Actually, being flexible has the following benefits:
- Increases blood flow - blood flow gives you greater endurance, more strength and healthy bones and joints.
- Release tension - flexibility alleviates stress, results in improved postures and helps reduce muscle soreness and fatigue.
- Improved coordination - flexibility improves balance and coordination.
- Improves range of motion - flexibility makes it easier to move those joints and keep them healthy.
You can easily learn how to be more flexible by incorporating a series of stretches into your routine. These stretches make it possible for the connective tissues around muscles to lengthen, giving you greater flexibility and strength.
If you'd like to learn how to improve flexibility quickly, you may want to focus on strengthening the core muscles. This muscle group is made up of your lower back, abdomen and buttock muscles. Stretching and flexibility exercises for the core group will improve your posture, give you greater strength and reduce the incidence of back strain. This is one of the most overlooked group of muscles, and one that will immediately benefit from a flexibility program.
One of the best aspects of learning how to increase flexibility is that it doesn't require expensive gym memberships, bulky equipment, or even huge time commitments. With a few exercises, performed on a regular basis, you can gradually add flexibility. You will develop stronger muscles and increased range of motion, simply by doing easy exercises in your home a few nights a week.
You'll be amazed at how easy it is to gain flexibility, and what a huge difference it makes to your physical well being. A regular plan of flexibility exercises and strength training will result in greater stamina, less injuries and general aches and pains, even an improved immune system. Isn't it remarkable how flexible and adaptable your body can be?
Nancy Rishworth, grew up dancing and became a qualified Aerobics and Fitness & Personal Trainer. She is also a qualified Naturopath having studied various healing modalities through healthy eating, herbal remedies, vitamins, massage & exercise. Her Flexibilty Plus Workout Program improves flexibility, strength and overall health. For nutritional info and other core strength and cardio exercise tips and guidelines go to www.FlexibilityPlus.com