Running is the only activity that demands an involvement of the whole body. Paying attention only to legs and the cardio-respiratory system is a common error committed by runners.
Integrating sessions for Strengthening and Flexibility in your training program will help you run more and better, even if you don´t accumulate as many kilometers per week.
To carry out daily flexibility exercises is an excellent way to stay in shape and to collect good sensations.
I propose a method for muscular flexibility based on the “friendliness” of the movements.
Change the traditional approach of “working” for flexibility. Don´t let your hands boss, obliging the rest of your body to force itself. It´s when the hands stop bossing that your deep musculature relaxes; you´ll see what a marvelous sensation.
Let your breathing and the effect of gravity stretch and relax your muscles and joints.
Don´t force yourself to go further, rather commit yourself to work every day. If you are ambitious and wish to ask more of yourself, then practice the exercises 2 o 3 times a day.
The main benefits of flexibility work are not attained by maximum bending. By advancing a little, but relaxed, you will feel sensations of repose, opening and mobility which will help you to progress in your game.
These exercises also actively work the muscles and joints involved in breathing. It is fundamental to do them unhurriedly, consciously locating and feeling the involved parts, accompanying the movements with long, rhythmic and focused breathing according to the suggestions of each exercise. It makes no difference if the airs enters through the nose, the mouth or both; comfortable breathing is the thing.
These exercises based on breath control will help you to focus and to mentally relax. You know that these are companions of every successful golfer.
You shouldn´t feel fatigue or discomfort during the exercises.
I recommend completing the APP once or twice a day. Don´t succumb to the temptation of forcing either the intensity or the number of exercises in order to rapidly obtain “lots of” benefits.
It´s very important to pause a few seconds after each exercise and to feel its effects, both in the musculature and in the breathing.
The photographs serve as visual aid; the aim is not to achieve the exact posture of the photo. Follow the audio instructions in order to carry out the exercise according to your possibilities.