Even if you’re into yoga, tai-chi or pilates, improving your flexibility takes a lot more work than you would think. Being flexible helps you avoid injuries when exercising, lessens muscle pain, gives you greater strength, and helps improve your posture. But how else can we improve our flexibility aside from the usual stretching exercises? Try these additional tips, along with stretching, to improve your flexibility and feel better throughout your day!
Experts say that ingesting collagen after a workout can help you ease joint pains and help in your body’s recovery from soreness. Aside from the magic of slowing down aging and aiding in weight loss, collagen also helps you maintain good joint health when combined with an ample dose of Vitamin C.
Take a Warm Bath
While taking a cold shower can help boost your immune system, regulate your body temperature, and increase your hormone production, warm baths are beneficial in improving your flexibility. Our muscles have their own defensive response when we stretch, which can make it more difficult for us to ease internal tension. Taking a warm bath pre-workout can help relax your muscles and prevent pain and injury, not to mention help you get the most out of your session. So let that warm water run off your shoulders, neck, and back and feel the difference!
Treat Yourself to a Massage
Having a well-deserved and relaxing massage does a variety of good for your body. It promotes blood circulation and improves your joint’s range of motion to give you more flex as you stretch. Massage therapy helps break tangled wastes in your muscles and joints that can hamper your movement and slow down recovery. Whether you have that relaxing massage before or after your workout, you’ll still get an array of health benefits that can improve your flexibility.
Do you know what happens to your body when stress gets the best of you? Among many other negative things, stress tenses your muscles into knots. This is called musculoskeletal pain, which can then lead to tension-type headaches. Finding ways to relieve yourself of daily stresses can make you more flexible throughout the day, especially if you work out regularly in the gym. Doing some casual walking in the park or performing light yoga in the morning can certainly do the trick in relieving your muscles.
H20 makes up a significant percentage of our bodies, particularly our muscles. Drinking lots of water before a workout prepares our muscles for optimum strength and performance during flexibility exercises, and also helps us in recovery. Being hydrated lubricates our joints with an oily, water-based fluid called synovial fluid, which prevents stiffness. Dehydration, on the other hand, makes us tired fast and can contribute to muscle and joint pains that can take time to heal. And who wants that really?
While integrating flexibility training in your workout is good, it’s important to avoid over-stretching. This can lead to inflammation, making it harder for your muscles and joints to heal. Excessive stretching is painful, and each time we overdo it, it can cause tissue damage and lingering discomfort. The most common way that people make this mistake is by stretching before doing a strenuous workout while their muscles are cold, which can result in tiny tears in the muscles.
Do you know any more ways on how you can improve flexibility? Let us know in the comments section below.