How Did You Get So Flexible?
As a dance fitness instructor and yoga teacher, one of the most common questions I get is, "How did you get so flexible?" The answer is, I practiced and worked towards it. It is the same with any skill, if you want to improve you have to practice that skill and be consistent with your practice.
As a dancer I began working on my flexibility at a young age, but the reason I am still flexible is because I have stayed consistent at my flexibility practice. I practice yoga, dance, barre, and religiously stretch after being active.
The easiest way to incorporate a flexibility practice into your daily routine is to always stretch out the muscles that you worked at the end of your fitness regimen. Stretching at the end of a workout helps to reduce unnecessary soreness and to prevent unnecessary injuries. At the end of your workout your muscles are warm and plyable and it is the perfect time to take advantage of it. I also love that stretching is something that you can do while you are enjoying something else, for example, you could stretch while watching your favorite nightly show, while reading your favorite book, while scrolling through instagram, or while online shopping for some new Sweat NSK activewear! I used to stretch while doing homework!
Now that you have a few ideas on how to begin a flexibility practice, I want to give you a few of my favorite stretches.
Here are 5 of my favorite daily stretches:
Seated forward fold
Now that you know some of my favorite stretches I would love to know some of yours! Comment below with your favorite stretch or yoga pose or find me on Instagram @sequinjillian and tell me there! If you want to stretch and workout with me in person you can find me teaching at Body by Simone and Hot 8 Yoga. Hope to see you soon!
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