Work at home, work at office, driving, all things which puts our body in awkward positions for long period of times.  Flying coach, doing tech work, or the couch is doubling as the office, all ways your back and body pays the price.  So how do you get your body back to where you can move it without hurting? Well, here are the best tips for a flexible body.  Your body and brain will appreciate it.

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Being flexible and open to new experiences allows people to learn new things. It also helps people adapt to changing circumstances, which can help people function more effectively in their environments. People can better let go of negative or unhelpful thinking and behavior patterns by staying psychologically flexible.

How to start

It is not hard to start stretching and moving.  Making it a point to take a mini walk every couple of hours or going online and taking some simple starter stretch or yoga class, anything is better than nothing.

One of the best ways  is static stretching. This is where you come into a stretch and hold it without movement for a certain period of time. Even adding static stretching into your routine on its own can make a powerful difference in how your body feels.  It opens your body and restores some muscle movement.

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Stretching is boring for most people because you have to hold these positions for long periods of time for them to have an effect. Try to hold your stretches for a minimum of 30 seconds, really feeling the strain in your muscles. To make this process more manageable, focus on completing that amount of time and on not pushing your muscles too hard. If you can’t hold a pose because it hurts too much, try applying less pressure.

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Consume your proteins

Foods and shakes that are rich in proteins can help your body post work out, preventing pain and muscle loss during the recovery process. These elements are also necessary for building muscles and repairing the tissue that was damaged. Proteins are filling and help you stay mobile as you age and lose body mass.

Don’t skip on the cool down process

It’s very common for people to walk out of a spinning or boxing class before completing their post-workout stretches. This is bad for your joints and muscles, and will likely leave you in pain during the day after. Stretches help in speeding up your recovery process while also increasing your mobility and flexibility. Once you’ve completed your cardio, your body is warm and more likely to stretch than during other times of the day.

Take a warm bath

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While warm baths alone won’t help you become more flexible, they will trick your body into feeling relaxed, which is key for developing flexibility. When trying out a new stretch or  putting strain on a muscle you rarely use, your body’s natural response will be to clamp up. A warm bath can help you stay relaxed and put your muscles in a more willing mood that will allow you to push yourself when you stretch at the end or beginning of your day.

Try new workouts

The easiest way to work on your flexibility is to practice a workout that targets these muscles and skills, such as yoga, Tai Chi or pilates. These exercises can add some variety to your workout schedule and can even add more to your performance on other activities, improving your jogging, boxing or spinning skills.

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