The first step to getting flexible is to start where you are.
When looking at flexibility it’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘I should be better.’ That’s when our ego gets in the way, we push harder and faster than we should, and end up pulling a muscle.
Know where you are, accept it as being OK, then you can advance. Here are a few tips to help you get on top of your ego:
1. Admit how you feel about not being flexible and get everything off your chest. No more than 20 minutes on this. Then accept it as being OK.
2. Focus on improvements and not the status quo. Rather than saying ‘I can’t touch my toes’ all the time, say ‘I’m closer than yesterday.’
3. Don’t worry about others who are better than you. Be happy for them, and only compare yourself to how you were before.
4. Focus on good technique and consistent work rather than the destination. Straight legs, deep breaths, relax as much as you can. The destination will come before you know it.
Come to the flexibility classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and you will learn exactly that.