Everyone wants to be more flexible!!
Whether you’re an athlete, a bodybuilder, or you simply like to be active, flexibility is tremendously important.
I am far from being the most flexible person on earth, but I have experienced a LOT of progress with my flexibility over the past year or so.
Ever since the beginning of 2017, I started making changes in my life that has lead me to an entirely new level of flexibility.
Here’s 4 of the main things that has helped me hyper-drive this process!
1) Eat the right foods
By adopting a diet consisting of whole, plant-based foods, you’re allowing your body to thrive in ways that you have to experience before you believe.
When you remove animal products from you plate, you’re protecting your body from the inflammatory response we get from consuming animal protein.
The inflammation occurs through many pathways, with endotoxins being one of main contributors. Endotoxins are toxins left over from the bacteria from meats and dairy that aren’t removed during cooking. I talk about this reaction more in depth in my “Plant Proteins vs. Animal Proteins” post.
Through eating plants, you give yourself much more room for anti-inflammatory foods.
Plant foods that are loaded with omega 3’s (pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, green leafy vegetables, chard, watercress and kale) and healthy spices (ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and chilli peppers) will help ease inflammation in the joints.
Plant foods containing calcium (broccoli, okra, cabbage, rice, raisins, figs, sesame seeds and tahini) and vitamin D (mushrooms and fortified plant milks) will help protect our bone health.
And lastly, plant foods that contain collagen (nut butters, soy protein, hummus) and silicon (oats, barely, beans and root vegetables) all help with our connective tissues.
By eating these foods, we give our internal body exactly what it needs to thrive.
And if you’re hesitant as to whether or not a plant-based diet can help you, or if you need help with your transition, I made a Going Vegan e-book for ya’ll! In this e-book I help you with every aspect of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. The book goes in-depth on the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need more information about them!
2) Stretch the right way
I’ve wrestled and played football throughout my entire life. The most stretching I would ever do is 10 minutes of 10-second “stretch and holds.”
Now, I realize that I was practically wasting my time.
In order to get MORE flexible, we have have to push ourselves to our limits. I’m not saying that you should stretch in a way that will hurt you, but in a way that you’re not simply going through the motions.
Once you reach your limits, deep breathing is what will help you make micro-progressions towards a more flexible state.
When you reach this point, you’ll start noticing that your body gets better and better at allowing oxygen to flow throughout itself when you’re in a stretched position.
3) Start doing yoga
I’m aware that not everyone wants to be an aspiring yogi, but by performing even the simplest movement/positions, you put your muscles and tendons in a “strained state” that helps them become more loosened.
An example of this is a rubber band. If you stretch and rubber band and hold it in a strained position for a few moments, when you release the tension, it’ll retract slightly looser than it’s original state.
Our muscles and tendons act like stretchy rubber, so don’t be afraid of giving new yoga positions a try!
4) Get work done on your body
By getting work done on your body through massages, cold therapy and acupuncture, you help it recover from previous injuries, as well as prepare it for future mobility.
Massage therapy is one of the most common treatments used. Massages help improve our flexibility and range of motion, keeping our joints more fluid. Other benefits include helping the blood flow to overactive muscles that are always under stress or immobility.
In order to get more flexible, we have to take care of our bodies. This starts with the food we eat and ends with the level of mobility we strive for.
If you’re wanting to become more flexible, I recommend putting some thought into the tips listed above. Once you understand how all the tips are interrelated, you’ll start to take advantage of the synergistic effect you get from them.
I hope this post helps with your journey towards flexibility!!!
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