Increasing flexibility can be as easy as fifteen to twenty minutes per day of regular stretching. There are many videos and books available on this, and most sports club have trained professionals who can educate you on good basic stretching.There are some hard forms of martial arts and some varieties of dance that will incorporate flexibility with cardiovascular and strength training. Probably the best place to learn about stretching is through yoga. There are many different kinds of yoga. Below is a list of hard-form and soft-form martial arts, and a comprehensive list of yoga practices.
Finding a good martial arts teacher is like finding a friend. Interview lots of them, and when you find a person you connect with, select them as your coach. All forms of martial arts teach the body to be more flexible, leading to greater flexibility of the mind and spirit. The truly wonderful thing about any non-equipment-based exercises is that, wherever you are, you have everything you need to exercise. Yoga and all martial arts are wonderful examples of this. They are activities that can be done by people of all ages from young children to senior citizens, and they are a wonderful way to share yourself with others.
The hard form focuses mainly on learning skills of defense and attack as a sport. These art forms are generally cardiovascular in nature, as well as teaching strength and flexibility.
- Tae Kwon Do
- Kung Fu
The soft form focuses mainly on learning skills of breath and motion as an avenue to greater vitality. These art forms teach strength, flexibility, emotional/spiritual clarity, and they balance all the physical systems.
- Tai Chi
- Chi Gung