For many people, flexibility seems like an unattainable, abstract state. No matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to touch our toes. While developing flexibility does take time, it can help to think of it this way: flexibility is our natural state of being. Babies and children are generally much more flexible than adults, but this does not have to be lost as we grow. Oftentimes, years of sedentary lifestyle along with limited stretching can cause our muscle fibers to stiffen, but the mobility can be regained with a little patience.
Science has proven that developing flexibility is not found in marathon stretching sessions, but in small, consistent stretches done more often. Stretching for five minutes a day every day for a week is much more effective than stretching for thirty minutes once a week. Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it, even if that just means two minutes of stretching before getting in the shower. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll start to see results.
Don’t Compare Yourself
When we see people like dancers and yogis in bendy poses and can’t understand how they got there, what we’re really looking at is time. Like any other athlete, they’ve spent countless hours cultivating and maintaining their abilities. Be patient and remember that time and consistency are the keys to reaching whatever goals we set for ourselves.