I know I’m guilty of not doing this at times. And when I am, my flexibility takes a hit.
Something so simple, yet so vital.
Drink more water.
Without water, our muscles and supporting connective tissue get dried out. And to protect themselves from injury, range of motion becomes limited.
Imagine a rubber band. Pliable when moist, but let it dry out a little bit and that sucker snaps.
Your body is the same way. It needs water to keep the tissues moving smoothly over one another.
So if you’re looking to improve your flexibility, water is key.
Test it out for yourself. Go ahead and check to see where you are in terms of flexibility. Then, spend a day or two drinking enough water to replenish your body (depending on how active you are, this can vary. Let’s say a baseline 64 oz for inactive folks.) Now that you’re well-hydrated, check to see where your flexibility stands. Did you notice a difference?
If you need to drink coffee or some other caffeinated beverage to get through your day, be sure to include an extra glass or two of water to counteract the dehydrating effects of each beverage.
Having a well-hydrated body while stretching or practicing yoga helps flush out the trapped toxins that are being released, improving not only your flexibility, but your immune system, as well.
All the more reason to make the effort to drink more water every day.
Tips for drinking more water:
1. Drink 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning. It increases metabolism and replenishes lost fluids from sleep. (We lose about 2 cups throughout the night!)
2. If you have trouble remembering to drink water, set alarms on your phone until the habit is established.
3. Get a reusable metal or glass water bottle you actually like. Investing in something that is not disposable may make you more conscious of it and more likely to use it.
4. Add some lemon in your water if you can’t handle the taste of plain water, or create some fruit infused water. Just avoid artificial sweeteners–they do more harm than good.
I’d love to hear what differences you saw in flexibility (or anything else for that matter!) in the comments below.