The impact of flexibility on your health
Flexibility often impacts sports performance because it affects the mobility of the body. A flexible individual will be more agile in his movements. Their joints and tendons will also be stronger, especially during intense exertion. Thus, the more flexibility is developed, the more the risk of injury is limited.
However, there are several ways to become more flexible . All different, they aim for specific objectives according to the needs of each one.
How to become more flexible?
Yoga has become a well-known sports practice over the years. There are many types of yoga . Some dedicated to relaxation and meditation, others sports with more intensity, to make you sweat!
In any case, yoga works on flexibility, it's up to you to choose whether you prefer the soft or more muscular version. Listening to your body is essential to progress. You must choose the yoga that suits your needs, but also according to your physical condition.
For example, if you want to turn to relaxation, Yin yoga will be more suitable. On the other hand, if you want to opt for intense exercises, Vinyasa will be more athletic.
Stretching, often associated with stretching , consists of untying the joints, while stretching the various muscles of the body. This practice is generally a moment of relaxation . Stretching sessions can be more or less long depending on the areas to be worked on.
In addition to short sessions (10-15 minutes), it is recommended to perform a more intense session (30-40 minutes) per week. This allows you to work in depth all the joints and muscles of the body. If you practice a sport regularly, do the long sessions on rest days.
Post-workout stretching is very important to avoid injuries . They prevent aches and relax the muscles used during exercise.
You can add stretching exercises to your post-workout stretches that will develop your flexibility over time.
Work on your breathing
Breathing is a key factor during the different practices to become more flexible. In yoga or stretching, working on your breathing is important to perform the exercises correctly, and to progress . Indeed, breathing guides and paces the exercises throughout the sessions.
Taking your time also means paying attention to your postures and avoiding injuries. Do not push your body to perform movements if you are not ready, at the risk of straining and injuring yourself.
So to gain flexibility, patience is essential if you want to see results. In addition, regular work is necessary to accustom your body and thus progress.