Learning how to touch your toes may not be as glamorous as being able to do a handstand or chin up, but it’s just as important (actually, more important) to your overall functional mobility.
If you want to touch your toes all you need is practice. You don’t have to be ayoga master to reach your goals. As little as a few minutes a day spent idly stretching on youryoga mat enhances flexibility, easily—if you like the sounds of that, get started with ourYoga Starter Kit.
Why do I need to touch my toes?,you may ask. Well the short answer is it’s a good indicator of two very important things:
It may surprise you to know that many people who would consider themselves as “in shape” may also be among the folks who can’t do a yoga forward fold without discomfort. Just because you’re strong or have solid endurance doesn’t mean you’re flexible—nope, you’re going to have to eke out a couple minutes a day doing stretches if you want flexibility.
An easy way to make stretching part of your regular routine is tojoin us on BR+. You can get afree month trial when you sign up now, and you score access to thousands of incredible workouts—including ourStretch & Mobility Series,BR Yogaseries and newYoga with YogiPogie. These routines take as little time as a few minutes (and up to 40 minutes for those of you looking for a longer session) and will significantly improve your flexibility, mobility and overall fitness.
There are some very convincing reasons why you should want to touch your toes.
There are a few culprits hindering your ability to touch your feet and if you’re on a mission to increase your flexibility then figure out which of these reasons is holding you back so you can remedy it.
Weakened Posterior Chain
Since we are the sum of many parts, it makes sense that if your hamstrings, lower back or hips are weak then it’ll unbalance the whole system thus, preventing you from touching your toes. When you try to touch your toes where in your body do you feel resistance or pain — hamstrings, back or hips? You’ve now found the source of your problem.
Every body is made a little differently, some of us have blue eyes, one bigger foot or T-Rex arms — it’s just the way of it. There’s no shame in having mile-long legs, apart from the fact that that extra length, when paired with a shorter torso or T-Rex arms, will make it physically improbable for you to reach your toes.
If you’re carrying a little extra weight it’s going to jeopardize your ability to touch your toes. To really tap into your flexibility you’re going to want to focus on weight loss (read our blog:A Proven Strategy for Weight Loss for tips) first by committing yourself to regular workouts and of course implementing a healthy diet. If you’ve got questions as to what constitutes a healthy diet, we’ve got the answers in ourBodyRock Meal Plan and Nutrition Bundle.
Now, before you drop to the floor after reading this article, the best time to do these stretches is after you’ve completed a workout or are already warmed up. You’ll see greater improvements and you’ll be less likely to injure yourself. Also, if you’re expecting overnight results, it won’t happen, in the same way, you don’t develop abs after one core session; it takes time for your body to adapt.
Without further preamble, here are the best stretches for touching your toes:
Touching your toes is not mission impossible unless genetics are against you. All it takes is a little gumption to add in a few extra stretches after you complete your BodyRock+ workout and in no time you’re flexibility will improve for even greater gains!
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