As we get older, our bodies change. We may not be able to stop Father Time in his tracks, but we can certainly do something about our sedentary lifestyles.
Even if you were never the athletic type, it's important to try to stay flexible and limber. The last thing you want is those tight hamstrings to feel like they might snap as you're trying to walk up and down slippery subway steps in the middle of a snowstorm. And while it may not feel like it just yet, trust us. Winter is coming.
Yoga is often touted as the ideal way to give your limbs a proper stretching. But it seems that the more time passes, the harder and more intimidating it looks — and we're not even talking about crow's pose.
(We won't blame you for calling that the "Are You Kidding Me?" pose.)
Even something as relatively simple as the tree pose can be, in practice, quite difficult to do when you've haven't worked out in years (or ever) — especially if you're expected to place your foot flat against the upper part of your inner thigh. Ouch.
Try this version of the tree pose instead:
It may not look as "impressive," but the idea here is to stretch and relax not to show off your super rubber-band-like powers.
SkinnyMom compiled seven yoga moves that are actually doable and will help you regain some flexibility. These basic moves don't require you to defy gravity, and may even help you relax after a hectic day at work. They are an excellent foundation, too, so once you get some confidence you can try to incorporate other, more challenging moves. Who knows? You may even get that leg up higher when you do tree pose.
As always, pay attention to your body and modify any move that hurts you — and don't forget to get the green light from your doctor!