I've said it before, and I will say it again. Walking, in my honest opinion, is the most underrated form of working out.
To be honest, walking is inherent to who we are as humans. We all might be better served separating walking from working out in our mind all together. Not because it isn't a great workout (it is!) but because we all should be walking more regularly and instinctually opting to walk when possible instead of just reserving it for the time we have set aside as 'exercise time'.
Walking is widely available, inexpensive, and requires almost no learning curve. The most difficult part of walking is taking the time to do it.
👈🏼And if you want to bust a move in the middle of your walk, by all means please do!
Now, let's back up a step.
Notice that I didn't say 'finding' the time? The time exists, but the priority of how the time is spent may need to change. You can read all about my time-mindset here. And luckily walking is a flexible enough form of exercise that making the time is a lot easier than other forms of exercise.
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Anyone who feels uncomfortable stiffness and limited in their yoga practice, or simply in life doesn't need experts to convince them of the benefits of feeling flexible. If you had to pick between feeling stiff and rigid v. bendy and nimble - almost everyone would opt for feeling fluid and flexible. This article will keep it to the basics, but if it scratches your stretching itch, by all means dive in more deeply.
Perhaps like me you have been told that once you are an adult the degree to which you can increase the total potential your body's natural bendiness. A predisposition for flexibility along with training prior to puberty can absolutely result in physical capabilities well beyond average. While we may always be trailing women who spent significant time in gymnastics and ballet from a very young age, for the common person who is feeling stiff they aren't interest in putting their foot behind their head when touching their foot would be a win.
Most of us, when we are feeling inflexible and stiff, aren't seeking out a new threshold of flexibility, but rather are seeking to bring the body back to a natural suppleness that should be (and absolutely can be) present. Comfort and and control of natural range (not a desire for extreme range or contortion) is the pursuit for most.
You may be wondering if there are basic things you can do that help a deeper and more enjoyable practice for your joints. If you're feeling stiff are you doomed to feel that way forever because it simply was the 'way you were made'? And can that knowledge of stretching science help with both safety and physical advancement?
If the answer is a resounding YES then read on . Beware this post is long... so skip down to the end if you want the key takeaways ...
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Hi there! You found me. My name is Julia Marie Lopez. For 20 years I have studied meditation and mindful movement as my primary tools for healing. For the past 10 years I have worked as a wellness coach, yoga teacher, personal trainer, and I am the Founder of Practice Everywhere.
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