5 Stretches For Non-Flexible Girls

Listen up Mighty Fit ladies! 

I've teamed up with Cosmopolitan Philippines to bring the workout to your home. If you're not quite the gym type, and would rather figure things out on your own first, this series is perfect for you. Together, we'll be giving you videos of exercises you can do by yourself, with minimal to no equipment required. 

To kick it off, I'll be starting with 5 Stretches For Non-Flexible Girls, since I am fully aware that splits can feel a little bit intimidating. Believe me, I've been thereI get questions about splits, and mobility a lot. They go like, " How to I start working on my straddle?", or "I have tight hamstrings, how to I stretch it?". To address that in an easy level, I made this set with the beginner in mind. Here's a quick video you can follow.

Make sure to do both sides, holding each pose for at least 10 breaths. Breathing increases the flow of oxygen through the muscles, allowing your body to go deeper into the stretch. A common mistake during flexibility practice is to hold the breath. This restricts movement, making it harder for your body to stretch. So while going through the sequence, draw your awareness towards taking in as much air into the lungs as possible. Breathing in through the nose, breathing out through the mouth. Also, keep a bottle of water beside you. A well hydrated body responds better to flexibility work compared to a dehydrated one. So make sure to drink up. 

Things you'll need for this workout: A yoga mat. If you don't have one at home, don't worry, a clean flat surface will do. You might want to wear leggings if you're working without a mat. 

Remember, listen to your body. If you're doing these stretches for the first time, take it slow and at your own pace. Flexibility is not an overnight thing. It takes practice, and a whole lot of patience. At the end of the day, what matters is that you make that decision to start. :)

If you have questions, feel free to hit me in the comments below.