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Can anybody tell me a stretching success story?(7 posts)

Can anybody tell me a stretching success story?Cory
Dec 1, 2003 12:35 PM
I'm SO stiff--this is not a pitch for Viagra--that I can't even get into the starting position for some "basic" stretches. Been that way all my life; I couldn't touch my toes easily when I was 10 years old. It hasn't improved with age.
Periodically, I start a stretching program, for the usual reasons--prevent injury, maximize mobility, blah-blah-blah. I hate doing it, it seems like a waste of time when I could be doing a REAL workout and improvement comes so slowly, if at all, that I lose interest.
So here's the question: Has anybody out there really gone from wooden to flexible, or at least flexible enough that it made a difference? Got a time estimate? I've got the books, read the Web site, don't really need suggestions. I just wanna know if it's worth the effort.
Thanks--
One word answer: Nope.OldEdScott
Dec 1, 2003 12:45 PM
Nine word answer: Nope, plus look at the calendar, my aged friend.
Yep.Jon Billheimer
Dec 1, 2003 12:55 PM
I've never been very inflexible like you, Cory. However, at 59 my flexibility, range of motion, and balance are all better than they were when I was twenty. I devote about ten minutes per day to specific flexibility exercises that I've been doing for about ten years. My balance has improved primarily from riding the rollers in the winter and downhill skiing.

I don't think one can exceed one's genetic limitations. However, unless one has already optimized their potential (which virtually none of us has) improvement is to be had at ANY age.
yesdr hoo
Dec 1, 2003 1:05 PM
I have a book, it's a one month long yoga plan. It worked.

Two keys. Every other day for a couple of weeks, then every day thereafter.

Longer hold times are better than more reps.
I'll race ya... First one to touch their toes winsDave Hickey
Dec 1, 2003 1:54 PM
I'm like you, I've been very stiff all my life. If I sit on the ground with my legs crossed, I can't touch my knees to the ground. I've thought about Yoga or other stretching routines, but I've never gotten around to it.

My LBS has a spin class once/wk. The leader is a worldclass Ironman(woman?) triathlete. She says she's very stiff and never stretches. That was good enough for me:-)
maybe you got it or you don'tDougSloan
Dec 1, 2003 1:54 PM
In some ways I've always been flexible. I can always bend over and put my palms flat on the floor, with legs straight. This allows me to use a very low handlebar position comfortably, about a 4 inch drop. In other directions, I can hardly move. My best attempt at the splits puts my feet about 3 feet apart. I think it's largely genetic.

In the past I've done rigorous, time consuming stretching routines and at other times went years without so much as a toe touch. Doesn't matter. Same flexibility.

Now, if I'm sore and tired, a little stretching, particularly in the hot tub, and make me feel better and maybe even recover faster. It doesn't make me more limber, but I just feel better.

Doug
More a philosophy than an answer...eyebob
Dec 3, 2003 3:03 PM
Seems to me that setting aside time in your life to stay with a stretching/yoga work-out consistently is what you're needing to do. If you incoroporate the routine into your daily activity and it's seen as "part of you" you're more likely to start seeing results. To be honest, those whom I know that actively participate in yoga do it as much for the mental benefits that it brings them. Perhaps you won't be able to touch your toes after 6 weeks of trying, but I'm bettin that you'll feel better anyway. And isn't that what you're (partly) after?

BT