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Which Part of Your Body Is Least Flexible?

Since I teach yoga, people are always asking me which poses they can do to stretch the least-flexible parts of their bodies. Swimmers complain of tight shoulders, runners continuously have tight hamstrings, and people who sit all day experience have tight hips. Stretching your muscles every day, throughout the day, can definitely increase your range of flexibility. So which part of your body could use the extra attention?


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WildFire14 WildFire14 8 years
To be totally honest, it's my hamstrings... but legs in general.. I used to dance (belly and indian) and I fell off a cliff in April 2008 which had me out of commission for almost 7 months.. I didn't break anything, but just had severe joint and muscle damage as I dislocated my hip, shoulder, knees and elbow... and sprained my ankle. To make the damage worse, I didn't realise what happened to my joints, so I made the hike back out of the mountain, and only the following morning the complications hit me. T'was fun though. Falling 24ft and not dying or breaking anything, is pretty damn cool!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
MY QUADS!! I get knee pain periodically when I don't stretch enough. :(
renny renny 8 years
Hamstrings are the worst with my hips at a close second!
JenDeck711 JenDeck711 8 years
My shoulders. I'm a runner, and I've always been really flexible in my legs and hips. But no matter how much yoga I do, I can't get my shoulders to loosen up!
emalove emalove 8 years
Not sure...I've always been pretty flexible.
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 8 years
My hamstrings are tight, as well as my hips. I am a student athlete (runner) so I guess I have the hip tightens from sitting all day and the hamstring tightness from running!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm actually pretty flexible because I dance. However, I would love to increase my overall range. It would make for more dramatic moves and poses.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
My back. Even when I did gymnastic as a little girl I could never touch my toes or do a good back bend. I've worked and worked on it, had a massage therapist work on it and a physical therapists try to help me loosen it up. Those muscles will not length and the thought is because they may already be stretched as far as they'll go due to having an extra vertebrae.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
Spiderlove -I'm the exact opposite! I also did gymnastics as a kid (a looooooong time ago) and I can't do the splits but my backbends are great, and I can still put my feet on my head.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Shoulders and neck. I want to scream just stretching in the mornings, much less working out. That's probably a stress thing though. :(
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Definitely my hamstrings! I need to do more yoga to loosen those muscles up, I guess.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 8 years
My back. I did gymnastics as a kid, and while I can still do splits and anything that requires me going forward or sideways (like cartwheels, walkovers, etc), I can't do *anything* that requires me going backwards... it's weird!
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
my left inner thigh is also so tight, it's kind of strange
jesssa jesssa 8 years
DEFINITELY my hips!!!
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 8 years
I think my back because I am not one of those people who can sit with the legs spread open on the floor and then bend just doesn't happen!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I'm not really sure. After losing more weight I'm more flexible in general.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 8 years
Definitely my back, probably due to the surgery where the doctors removed a disc and added some bone from my hip into my lower back.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
I'm actually hypermobile so I don't have much problem being bendy. I will say that as I get older though my hamstrings are usually the first thing to tighten up.
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
I almost put my hamstrings, but I think I'm equally tight in all muscle groups! (I'm moderately flexible actually) Weightlifting and not enough stretching time keeps me somewhat tight.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
My hips, I think.
syako syako 8 years
Definitely my hamstrings. My BIL pulled his hamstring and his PT told him that soccer players are infamous for really really tight hamstrings (due to the sprinting, stopping quickly nature of the game). I've played soccer all my life and my hamstrings are always tight.
wren1 wren1 8 years
My hamstrings are always tight.
kia kia 8 years
Actually my ankles, but they do work with my calves, and when one goes, the other is right behind.
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