The benefits of being able to touch your fingers
If you want to increase your flexibility to touch your toes, you have to stretch. In this way, you make your muscles flexible and strong.
Why bother What’s wrong with being able to touch your fingers?
Benefits of stretching include:
Increases range of motion: If you can move a joint through the full range of motion, you will have more freedom of movement. Walking with confidence in the physical world is a sign of a healthy fool, so flexibility should not be overlooked. The best way to become more flexible is to stretch.
Improve the posture: If you want to stop bending so much, pull regularly. Stretching works to correct muscle imbalances, which in turn can help your posture.
Relieve back pain: If you have back pain, it may be possible to start a stretching routine. Your back muscles may become tight, limiting your range of motion and causing pain. Stretching can help loosen the area as well as strengthen the muscles. This can help prevent future injuries.
The stretching and flexibility that come with exercising should not be underestimated. Although there are many indicators of good flexibility, one of the most popular is undoubtedly able to touch your toes. After all, it was imperative that the president test all American schoolchildren to “sit and walk” to see if they could hold their feet. Touching your fingers at that time must have been a struggle for you. It may still be a struggle for you.
Why can’t I touch my toes?
If you can’t touch your fingers, this is most likely due to one of the four main reasons:
# 1) The back chain muscles have been shortened/tightened. Although most people think that not being able to touch our fingers simply means that our hamstrings are flexible, in reality, our entire system (including our lower back) can also play a big role. As Mark Repute explains in this video on Romania’s deadlift, what you think is a problem with the lower back is also a hamstring problem (and vice versa):
You see, the posterior chain is an interconnected chain of muscles that includes your lumbar muscles, spinal muscles (muscles along the spine), lower back muscles, glutes, and hamstrings.
When moving a compound such as a deadlift, movement weaknesses in one place in the system can be weakened (and often easily overlooked).
If you are someone who sits at a table all day and struggles to touch your fingers, you are probably not strengthening or lengthening those muscles because the chair is doing all the work for you.
# 2) Your legs are relatively longer than your torso and arms. People with long legs and short torsos will face more challenges than people with short legs and long torsos and arms. But don’t be afraid, you can equalize and touch those fingers.
# 3) You have too much fat in your body. If you are overweight and have a big belly, this can make it difficult to touch your toes. Since you already know that 90% of the diet is when it comes to losing weight, focus on nutrition to start losing weight (weight to help you get started) Here are 5 reduction principles). This can be a factor in making your fingers easier to touch.
# 4) You haven’t warmed up yet. If you’ve just woken up or spent the whole day in the car, you’re familiar with the hardness that makes it feel like a steel beam. Your muscles work like a rubber band. The more they are used, the hotter they will be and the more they can be stretched. That’s why we encourage people to warm up before exercise!
“Can you touch your toes?” Proof:
- Stand up straight with your legs hip-width apart. You want your legs straight, but don’t bend your knees aggressively (this feels like “micro-banding” to most people).
- Start by bending and leaning towards the ground with your quads (in front of your legs).
- Let your body rest naturally as if you were a rag doll. Keeping your hands relatively close, straighten your fingers and slowly begin to move towards the floor.
- Do it 2-3 times to warm it up. Try to keep your legs.