We all know that exercising is essential for our overall health, but there’s one often overlooked component that’s almost just as important. Increasing your flexibility can help your body reach its tip-top fitness level, prevent injuries, and might even prevent illnesses like arthritis. Like the flexibility of our ultra-comfortable N5 Contour technology styles, stretching can help combat stiffness and make you feel at ease with any workout.
Here are a few easy stretches you can do to increase your flexibility:
If you sit at a desk for most of the workday, it’s likely your back isn’t the most flexible or strongest it could be. Try this back stretch to decrease stress and improve your posture:
Try a traditional cat/cow stretch from yoga class. Lower yourself to the floor on your hands and knees. Inhale, then as you exhale, gently round your back upward, draw your abdomen towards your spine, relax your neck and look down at the floor. Keeping your arms straight and your hands on the floor, exhale and slowly hollow your back, gradually raising your head until you’re looking at the ceiling. Repeat the sequence at least three times.
Lower Body Stretches
If you like to run around in high heels or like to run, walk, or bike, try this lower body stretch to help relieve stiffness in your legs:
Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Lift your right leg off the floor, holding it with both hands. Flex your foot and hold for five seconds. Lower and switch legs. While seated, bend your right knee and lift your leg. Pull your knee to your chest, and flex your foot and hold for five seconds. Lower your right leg and repeat with the left.
Whether you’re constantly hunched over a computer or have poor posture, this shoulder stretch can be a great way to relieve tension and improve your stance:
Extend your arms in front of you, parallel to the floor. Place your left elbow on top of your right elbow, and raise your forearms until they are perpendicular to the floor. With your arms at shoulder height, grasp the fingers of both hands together. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds. Relax and repeat with your right elbow on top of your left elbow.
What are your favorite ways to stay flexible?