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I'm fairly fit; I do some strength training and cycle everywhere, if not walk/run (I can't seem to get 'jog' down, it's black or white!) However, all through my life, there's always been one thing that's eluded me, and that's flexibility. I'm physically fitter than a lot of people I know... but I can't touch my toes!<br><br>
Any tips that don't involve esoteric nonsense explanations? I would do yoga or something like that, but embarassingly my room isn't big enough to do that :/
 

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Ballistic stretching before any workout, static stretching afterwards. If you keep at it, over time you will build your flexibility. :)<br>
There isn't any other place where you could do yoga?
 

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Not really, my apartment is very, very small and shared with others that sit and watch the tv. Maybe when the weather turns I can find a nice quiet outdoor spot on campus though.<br><br>
I'll try those stretching techniques though, I only really remember stuff from PE in school!
 

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With regular practice, most people (as long as you don't have a physical disability preventing them) can increase their flexibility to a certain degree. I'm not talking prima ballerina flexibility, but depending on your age and previous attempts at this, some improvement can be achieved.<br><br>
Where I live, most uni's and hospitals have cheap yoga classes that you can join. I'm sure there must be something like that where you live? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Remember, touching you toes is not the only way of being flexible! I can easily sit in the lotus position and then bent forward until my forehead touches the ground comfortably, but I suck so hard at touching my toes, especially seeing it should be done *with a flat back*. I will probably never be able to do that, and that's okay. Don't strain your body to do something it doesn't have the make-up for!<br><br>
However, I second the yoga suggestion. From my bellydancing I can say that it's made me a lot stronger, more supple and fluid. All nice traits.
 

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I'm not aware of any yoga groups near me, but once I move into a bigger place, that's definitely something to take up. My goal is also getting into the Lotus position, Kjesta.<br><br>
The only sport I've ever really done is boxing, not very condusive to being lithe.
 

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Same. I never been able to touch my toes. I blame it on the fact I am all leg. I would like to be able to. Yoga is fun just difficult because of my inability to touch my toes.
 

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<i>Go to youtube or look up online how to do stretching exercises. And if you don't have room in your apartment, stretch wherever it is that you workout. Whenever you're working out and you're muscles feel tight, you should stretch. Or if they never feel tight, just stretch before and after your exercise. Keep doing that and over time you'll become more flexible. Hope this works. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></i>
 

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I'm not aware of any yoga groups near me, but once I move into a bigger place, that's definitely something to take up. My goal is also getting into the Lotus position, Kjesta.<br><br>
The only sport I've ever really done is boxing, not very condusive to being lithe.</div>
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The lotus is something great to work for! But always keep your body and its natural restrictions in mind. My yoga teacher is constantly in awe at my lotus position and how easily it comes to me, due to her different bone structure she can't really do it very well. However, there's so many positions she can do that I could never even dream of, it's very important to recognize when you can demand something of your body and when you can't.<br><br>
Also, never forget to warm up before stretching! Stretching cold muscles can give you serious injuries.
 

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its pretty simple to improve flexibility, stretch everyday.<br>
be diligent and don't skip days<br>
change up your stretches so they aren't always the same and in the same order<br>
take deep breaths while stretching and lean into resistance slowly<br><br>
if you bike a lot, stretching is essential from keeping your back from curling or swaying, do twists to lubricate your spine
 
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