How flexible are you?
Staying flexible or improving your flexibility is vital in many ways. But do you know how flexible you are?
It helps to know how big the gap is between where you are now, and where you should be.
It is also important to find how flexible you are in different areas of the body. Of particular significance is mobility in the hamstrings, shoulders and the lower back.
A commonly used way to measure the flexibility of the lower back and hamstrings is the sit and reach test.
The safest version is the back saver sit and reach test.
Most gyms will be able to offer you a flexibility test, but if this is not an option, try this.
Lying on your back with your legs out straight. Lift one leg into the air and see how far you can reach up your leg. It is important to keep your back and head on the floor. It’s best if you’re at least able to touch your shins. In time see if you can work toward being able to touch your toes.
But why bother? Why is flexibility so important?