Get Fit in 15 Minutes: Celebrity Personal Trainer Reveals the Best Exercise to Improve Flexibility
- Nadya Fairweather suggests lying on a mat to improve flexibility
- Nutritionist Lola Biggs recommends combining exercise with a diet rich in calcium
- Liz Hemmings unveils a selection of stylish fitness apparel for the workout
WHAT TO DO
For those who sit for hours on end day in and day out, tight hip flexors can have a knock-on effect on other parts of the body — and not in a good way, says celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather (u-shape.co.uk).
To counteract this, first lie on your stomach on your mat. Rest your forehead. Use your right hand to grab your right foot or heel of your sock and pull your foot toward your buttocks.
As you do this, press your hip into the floor. Get to the point where you feel it stretching, but you’re not in agony. Hold until you feel your body relax. Repeat on the other side. This should be done daily.
Famous personal trainer Nadya Fairweather suggests grabbing your right foot with your right hand while lying on a mat as part of an exercise to improve flexibility (pictured)
WHAT TO EAT
Diet can also affect flexibility, says nutritionist Lola Biggs (togetherhealth.co.uk). Healthy connective tissue is the key to flexibility. Eating broccoli, blueberries, and kiwis can aid the body’s natural production of collagen and other components of your connective tissue.
Calcium helps protect bone and muscle health, which in turn improves flexibility. Good sources of calcium are milk, cheese, and green leafy vegetables, along with rice and oat drinks and foods like tahini and calcium-set tofu.
If you’re vegan or vegetarian and struggling to get enough calcium in your diet, try a supplement like Together Health Calcium with pure calcified seaweed (£9.99). Just take two capsules a day.
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