Being out of shape doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re overweight. It means that you’re not as flexible or mobile as you used to be. Your muscles feel tight and sore and you may also have poor posture, which can cause even more aches and pains. When you do something out of the ordinary or overwork your muscles, the pain can lasts for days.
Sitting for long periods at work or being inactive most of the time can cause your muscles to tighten up. Over time, you may discover your mobility is so limited that your stiff joints make it difficult to walk when you first wake up or putting on your shoes is a real challenge. If this sounds familiar, increasing your flexibility will improve your mobility and help you get back in shape.
Here are two ways to increase flexibility when you’re out of shape:
- Incorporate stretching exercises into your daily routine. Stretching is imperative when improving flexibility, provided you’re doing them properly. Don’t overstretch your muscles or hold the position for too long. You should never feel pain when doing flexibility exercises.
- Learn to go slow. This is much more important than many people realize. If you stretch too far or use rapid, jerking motions when stretching, you can make your muscles sore or cause injuries that set you back weeks or maybe even months. Take it slow and only stretch until you feel resistance and then release after a few seconds.
Consistency is vital when increasing flexibility, especially when you’re out of shape. It takes time to loosen up your muscles and increase your range of motion. However, you will see results when you exercise patience and consistency.