Improving flexibility can be easy, fun and have long lasting benefits for the entire body. Increased flexibility will benefit anyone, from martial artists to regular people. If you’re here then you probably fall into one of three categories: 1. the never stretched before and feel tight hamstrings just walking group; 2. People who have tried to stretch but now want to actually learn how to improve flexibility; and 3. Those who have hit a plateau after initial success. I’ve good news for all of you. You can all improve your flexibility. In fact, flexibility is not limited to age or body type. All it requires is discipline and correct techniques and perhaps a lifestyle change or two and you can be in the splits in no time.
When you think of improving your flexibility, you may be thinking of sitting in uncomfortable positions and straining unbearably for extended periods of time. This is a myth and it really doesn’t have to be the case at all. Your stretching routines can be dynamic workouts that will push you into a sweat. They can conversely be relaxing meditative exercises. It largely depends on you as there are different types of stretching and different types of flexibility. Remember that there are many different paths you can take to improve flexibility. If you don’t like the view on one, take another, you can cut across at any time.
Remember that the only thing stopping you from improving your flexibility is your mind. A good way to start any routine, just as starting your flexibility training, is to clear your mind of negative thoughts and emotions about stretching and your ability to become more flexible. Know in your heart that you can and you’ll be surprised how you achieve results.