Flexibility training can encourage a glow and tautness to one’s skin by boosting circulation and lengthening muscle groups. Stretching, such as Yoga, offers benefits that include stress management and ease of movement throughout the day. Yoga, by itself, offers many modalities, so if the slowness of any one type is “boring”, look into the variety that a local yoga studio may offer. Trust that most yoga studios offer an option for hot yoga that will make anyone sweat buckets, or a Vinyasa flow that quickly but gracefully transitions from posture to another. When one has had enough of power moves, look into a restorative class that can soothe one’s ragged nerves with absolutely no effort.
Flexibility is an important component to every exercise program. Be sure to stretch all body parts: neck, shoulders, biceps, triceps, upper back, chest, calves, Achilles tendon, hamstring, quadriceps, torso, groin, gluteus, and upper back. A proper flexibility workout includes easing into a stretch without bouncing and holding that stretch for about 30 seconds. Repeat the stretch if one particular muscle group feels strained.
Flexibility does require an already warmed body. To avoid injury, warm the body with 5-10 minutes of slow aerobic activity such as walking or elliptical training. As with any exercise program, a consultation with a doctor or physical therapist is advised, as they will recommend proper form.