The First time I got out my yoga mat and started stretching, was the 1st of April 2020.
And it was a very tough decision, because I didn’t want it to be a little thing to pass time, I wanted to commit to it.
And how is it going right now?
I can say that it has been one hell of a journey. There is a lot I learnt, and still learning. But as I kept going, noticed there was so much out there in the world.
Including the ones, I had to be beware of.
No doubt, when you want to start your journey, you might get confused on what and what you want, because there is so much information online.
So, although I fell for a few marketing gimmickries, and made some mistakes, I learnt from them.
And that is what I want to share with you today.
It hasn’t even been a year in my journey, so I’m not some fitness professional or specialist, I am self-taught, and give tips and advice based on what has helped me so far in my journey.
So, there is no magic pill on this area, lol.
Anyway, Though I am still stretching and learning, allow me to briefly share the 5 things which I have learned during my almost 1 year of my flexibility Journey.
5 Things I learned during my Flexibility Journey
1. There is a lot of sh*t out there:
This had to be my number one, because I also fell into the river of marketing.
There are so many claims on how you can get fit, get flexible, or even be a health freak, out in the world, for only three easy payments of $39.99.
I have seen so much of this, and still see it to this day, and guess what?
IT IS NOT GOING AWAY.
Even on you tube, when I went there to look for stretching tutorials, I was seeing videos on how you can get your splits in a day,
how you can get super flexible in under a week, and even how you can do just two stretches and get your middle splits (which is the hardest split to get)
And these things make people feel like they can get their splits at the same time with someone else, when they have never gotten to the mat.
It’s crazy when I realized that there are not a lot of people talking about how they got to where they are,
and the roadblocks on the way, just the successes, and basically, it’s the struggles I want to see, so I can be assured I am not alone in this.
You may fall for this sort of marketing, and that is ok. As long as you pick yourself up, know that you are unique and you will get to your goal based on your persistence and flexibility level.
Don’t rush it, and don’t let yourself believe that you will get your splits in one day,
or even one week, because someone on the internet said so.
But that shouldn’t stop you from challenging yourself, reasonably, and seeing how far you can go.
If you need a little inspiration, I posted a before and after series of my straddle/pancake stretch, showing you how I started, and where I am now.
2. Everyone is Unique, and No-one reaches a goal the same time as others.
I have probably said this before, but I’m going to say it again.
Everyone is unique.
Just because your friend got her splits in two months, doesn’t mean you will. You may get it in three months,
Heck even six months (Like I did).
But don’t let that bring you down and make you think that you can never be flexible. Instead of getting little jealous she got there before you,
Use her as an inspiration, that you will get there also. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t get your split as early as she did,
Instead track your own progress, and see how far you have come. You may be shocked to see exactly what you have accomplished.
So, focus on you, focus on your goals and remember that you are unique.
3. You will get Frustrated, but Frustration is Good.
Oh, the good old little evil called Frustration, that gets into your head, leaves you questioning why you even started, and then quitting.
Don’t let this little demon get to you.
It comes to everyone.
It came to me when three months had passed, and it felt like I hadn’t accomplished anything. I sat on my mat that morning, wondering why I had started and whether it was really worth it.
And then a bulb lit up in my head, and I realized, Frustration is good.
Yes! There is a good side of it.
Look at it this way.
You have been going at it consistently for 3 months, and then you feel like stressed and wonder why you started and feel like quitting.
Guess what? The little demon only comes when you are making progress.
Oh yes. If you hadn’t taken that leap of faith to get better and better, it won’t come around, because it only does come when you are winning.
So, the next time you feel frustrated and question yourself, look into how far you have come, and realize that those last 3 months wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t decide to make a change.
Get up, dust yourself, tell yourself you’ve got this and keep going.
The little demon will keep coming, but it is your choice, whether to let it get to you, or use it as a drive to keep going.
4. You will feel pain, but make sure it is good Pain
This is equivalent to saying, DO NOT OVERSTRETCH.
You probably hear this a lot, but it is super important that you heed to this message. When you first start stretching, you will feel pain, even if it is a little,
Because you are doing something you have never done before, and your body is taking time to realize what is going on and adjust.
But make sure it is good pain.
Don’t make someone push you, or make them push your leg further into the split.
P.S. I did ask my little sister to push my leg further so I could get into the splits quicker, BAD IDEA.
Anyway, learn from my mistake, and don’t overstretch. You can push past your limit, but make sure it doesn’t get to the point where your muscles are all tensed up and seem like they are twisting and turning inside.
5. Consistency is Key, but Taking a Break is Definitely the Door
We all know the old adage, “Consistency is Key” and it is very true. But what about when we get tired.
Then you need a break.
When you have stretched your muscles, take a break, give them some time to adapt, before going back.
You don’t have to stretch every day. In fact, I noticed that when I stretched, and gave my muscles time to rest,
I always come back feeling more flexible and able to go deeper into my stretches with more confidence.
Unless you are training for a competition or something, but even I know that you need to still rest, so you can come back strong on the day of the competition.
Being consistent is your training is great, in fact, shoving that demon called frustration to a corner and going back to the mat, is such a massive step.
But do not forget to rest, because you need it, your muscle needs it and your mind needs it.
There you have it guys.
The 5 things I learned during my Flexibility Journey. I am still learning, but so far, these are my top five.
And I hope these things give you an edge in your journey, to know that you are not alone in this,
and there are millions of people just like you and me still on that never ending road.
But hey, we are a community of people, and we love to see your progress and share in your success.
Do you have any before and after progress stories and pictures you would love to share and be featured on the blog?
Shoot me an email Lets Chat.
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