6 Times When It is Better To Be Flexible

Being flexible is great for your physical and mental health wellbeing, but it also can come in handy in these real life situations.

1. Limbo competitions.

Do you want to impress that cute man/woman you just met on your cruise ship? Or win awesome limbo competition prizes? Or do you just want to go as low as you can go? Studies show that being flexible is the best way to win limbo contests and reap all the fame and fortune that comes with it.

Hermes Conrad from Futurama. Sorry for potato quality!

2. When you get old.

Maintaining flexibility as you age can prevent a lot injuries and complications that are common amongst the elderly. Regular stretching will make you more flexible, healthy and improve coordination. This means less chance of falls, muscle strains and back problems, which can be extremely painful and difficult to manage and fully recover from when you’re older.

3. In the bedroom.

Better flexibility means better positions and better sex. Whether it allows you to hold your favourite position longer or try out some of the more challenging positions in The Kama Sutra, being flexible will definitely improve your sex life. So start stretching and winky smiling now 😉

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Photo Credit: JPBennett1 via Compfight cc

4. In the game.

Being flexible means better performance in many different sports. Not only does it prevent injury, it also improves things like power, vertical leap and kicking and throwing distance and occasionally it creates incredible plays, catches, tackles, etc.

5. At the office.

Better flexibility means better posture. Posture is extremely important in many aspects of life but it can particularly affect how you work. Research shows that proper posture can boost energy and increase brain function which is essential for work.

6. Running away to the circus.

Thinking about cutting off all ties to the real world and running off with the circus? Well being flexible would certainly help your cause. Trapeze artists, tumblers, mimes and contortionists all need to be extremely flexible to perform their amazing individual acts.

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Photo Credit: lydia mann via Compfight cc

Stretch the Animal Inside

Stretch and Smile has scoured the web for the best animal stretching pictures, gifs and videos and has put them into story form for your enjoyment. Perhaps these natural stretchers will motivate you to start stretching, or at least start smiling!

 

Everyone can find it hard to get out of bed without a stretch…

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photo credit: originalpozer via photopin cc

You should start with your arms…

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via http://cheezburger.com/5806926848

Then your back…

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photo credit: BrianScottImages via photopin cc

Then your legs…

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via http://giphy.com/gifs/stretch-cat-kitten-EMxvBrMaMoGbK

And then a full body stretch…

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photo credit: GYLo via photopin cc

Now you should be ready to face any challenges the day might give you!

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By mid-afternoon it’s time to hit the gym, so you warm up by stretching with a friend…

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via http://giphy.com/gifs/cats-synchronized-BOaEM3TkP1uUg

And then with an exercise ball.

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photo credit: oppositeofsuper via photopin cc

After the gym it’s time for your yoga class…

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Some people are better at it than others…

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via http://giphy.com/gifs/dog-submission-stretching-8ThYYhGQnUg2k

And some people just look silly.

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photo credit: lilli2de via photopin cc

With all this stretching you should be feeling much more bendy.

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via http://giphy.com/gifs/MXe0JyzKUTpbG

But don’t forget the rules of stretching! Don’t stretch too fast…

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And stop stretching if you feel pain.

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photo credit: PamLink via photopin cc

Remember that flexibility is important no matter how small…

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photo credit: eschipul via photopin cc

Or big you are.

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photo credit: SubyRex via photopin cc

 

When you start getting sleepy it’s good to stretch before bed…

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http://giphy.com/gifs/reaction-snow-wolf-13PkR0XI8u0bqE

Stretch your legs…

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photo credit: Arctic Wolf Pictures via photopin cc

Your back…

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photo credit: Cloudtail via photopin cc

And your arms…

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photo credit: fhisa via photopin cc

And then hit the hay.

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