I started working on my flexibility at the age of 44. Why? I am not exactly sure. I think I wanted to be able to achieve some cool yoga asanas that required more flexibility than I had. What I didn’t realize is how much more there was to flexibility than being able to get into certain poses. I had no idea what other benefits I would experience. Today, I am going to explain how flexibility training has been improving my life and you may decide to give it a try!
Before becoming very diligent with my flexibility training, I thought stretching was just for before or after workouts. Or maybe a 10-minute session for people with back pain. It turns out that the more I practice my flexibility, the more I want to keep practicing it and the longer my sessions become. Once you experience the benefits that come with flexibility training, you simply want more!
1. Improved Energy
I found this particular flexibility benefit quite surprising. In fact, when I started stretching for the splits, I did most of my training in the evening as a time for relaxation. It was when I included some back flexibility training in my routine that I noticed an increase in my energy level. Right away! As a newbie to yoga, I didn’t know anything about yoga poses and their benefits so I did some research. As it turns out, backbends are energizing postures. Whenever you want a quick energy boost, you can’t go wrong with back flexibility training.
2. Improved Mood
Another flexibility benefit I have experienced is improved mood. Not that I never feel stressed or grumpy anymore, but I noticed I have a stronger sense of calm overall. Most likely, this is due to the fact that I ensure to make time for me every single day. At least half an hour each day, I get behind closed doors and work on myself. I make my flexibility training enjoyable and relaxing by listening to music. Over time, this has resulted in a better mood and less stress.
Try my How to Increase Your Flexibility With Yoga for more yoga-inspired stretches.
3. Increased Confidence
How does flexibility training increase your confidence? I think it is the overall sense of well-being and the ability to remain consistent. As you notice your progress, you feel proud of yourself.
4. Improved Posture
It’s common for pretty much everyone to have a slouched posture these days. We spend so much time sitting and looking at our phones! Stretching will help with that! In fact, if you have ever been to a chiropractor, you probably have been given some back/neck stretching exercises to improve your posture. Yoga in general requires more awareness of your body, which in itself will improve your posture. Furthermore, back bending and chest opening flexibility routines will naturally improve your posture.
5. Reduced Aches and Pains
Improving your posture in itself will help reduce aches and pains but there is more to it than that. In my thirties, if I stopped going to the chiropractor for a few months, I would start suffering from low back pain. I have been stretching every day for about a year and a half now and I have no longer any back issues. I haven’t been to the chiropractor for about two years! Flexibility training has increased my body awareness as it has been improving alignment throughout all my body. All this together helps reduce aches and pains. It makes you feel fluid and comfortable in your skin.
Basic Flexibility Exercises
Lastly to take your flexibility training to the next level, consider purchasing my Full-Body Flexibility Program, which is a step-by-step roadmap that includes calendars and divides your training strategically into three phases.