Flexibility is a feature in so many workouts, so it’s in our best interest to be as limber as possible. People have different bone structures, so not everyone is going to have the same natural range of motion—and that’s totally okay! Here are 4 tests to find out where you stand on the flexibility spectrum.
Spine and Neck
Sit cross-legged and slowly rotate to one side to look behind you. You should be able to see 180 degrees, but the tension in the neck can limit that range of mobility. To ease up, practice this same stretch a few times throughout the day. The exercise can even be done in an office chair as long as you keep your hips and pelvis facing forward and don’t move your lower body.
Start by standing with your feet together and your arms down by your side. Then, bring your hands behind your back and aim to grab the opposite forearm. While touching your elbows is ideal, at least aim for mid-forearm. Try broadening your chest as you perform the stretch, or pushing your chest forward while keeping your abs tight and posture tall.
Begin by lying on your back, with your left foot on the ground and your right ankle resting gently on top of your left knee. Lift the left leg up off the ground and try to reach for your hamstring or shin, bringing it in closer to your chest. You should begin to feel tension on the outside of your right hip. If you’re unable to reach your hamstring, place your left foot against a wall for support and find a comfortable distance that allows you to feel tension without pain.
Lie on your back with your legs straight out. Lift one leg up into the air, then see how far you can reach up your leg while keeping your back and head on the floor. Being able to touch your shins is a good start. Work towards reaching your toes.