Simple Flexibility ExercisesPosted: Jul 15 in Getting Active by Wendy Scinta
One of the most limiting factors of being overweight and out of shape is the lack of flexibility. Having difficulty getting up and down, reaching for things and moving in general is frustrating, and can often lead to furthering the cycle of weight gain and ill health.
As you exercise more, you will find your flexibility increasing. If you are having difficulty exercising because of your flexibility issues, you might want to consider adding some flexibility exercises to your routine. Yoga is the perfect workout for increasing flexibility, but there are also stretching exercises that work well.
One simple exercise for flexibility is to sit on the floor with your back straight, extending your legs out in front of you. Keep your toes pointing up and stretch your arms out straight with the tips of your fingers pointing toward your toes. Gently reach your fingers to your toes as far as you comfortably can and hold for 3 seconds, then gently lean back to the starting position. This exercise stretches your legs, back and arms. You must be careful when stretching that you don’t make bouncing movements or push yourself too far. Gradually you will notice you are able to sink further and further toward your toes.