Most everyone is dealing with a considerable amount of muscle tightness on a day to day basis – with many of these individuals not even realizing that their muscles are so supertight to begin with.
And we are not just talking about folks that are unhealthy or those that lead sedentary lifestyles, either.
Sure, those people aren’t doing their body any favors (and it’s likely that their muscles are stiffening up while atrophying at the same time, a pretty dangerous “one-two” combination that should be avoided for sure), but even those that lead active lifestyles and those that exercise every single day have muscles that are far tighter than they should be.
You see, those people hit the gym every day and move through the same kind of training program, specifically targeting the same kind of muscle groups over and over and over again. This means that muscles get stronger “along the same grain” while other areas of those muscle groups grow weak, tightening muscles along the way.
You’ll want to release your muscles so that you can enjoy incredible flexibility, dexterity, and injury proof your body as much as humanly possible.
Here are a couple of methods to help you do exactly that.
Fall in love with kettlebell swings
An exercise instrument that used to be a big favorite with Russian Olympic athletes and Russian Special Forces, today people all over the world are falling in love with this “cannonball with a handle” called a kettlebell.
The simplest and most straightforward exercise with the kettlebell is called the swing, and it’s one of the best ways to release tight muscle groups throughout your body without causing any damage along the way.
Just be sure that you are using a lighter weight kettlebell then you would when your strength training and you’ll be just fine!
Foam rolling is for real
At first blush foam rollers really don’t look like all that much, and really there is not much to them. A compact section of incredibly strong PVC pipe wrapped with high density foam isn’t going to impress too terribly many people.
But these tools have long been the favorites of physical therapists and elite athletes all over the world, and they are capable of producing a top-notch massage and muscle release that you’d struggle to get from any but the very best professional masseuses around the world.
Get your hands on one of these and use it every night and your flexibility will shoot through the roof!