Inflexible, stiff muscles can affect the way you feel and look. But they can also, finally, limit your range of movement, thus decreasing your quality of life. Test your flexibility with the seated flexibility test.
It allows you to assess your current flexibility (mainly in the hamstrings and back) so that you know if there’s something that you particularly have to focus on.
What do the results mean?
The farther forward you can reach, the more flexible you are.
How often should you do the test?
Redo after 3–4 weeks of regular flexibility exercises to assess your progress.
How to do the test?
- Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you and feet just wider than hip-width apart. As you inhale, start to stretch your arms forward between your legs, with one hand on high of the other.
- As you exhale, reach your hands as far forward as possible on the floor, tucking your chin towards your chest. Hold for a couple of seconds. Observe how far your fingertips can reach—your knees, shins, ankles, toes, or farther? Repeat 3 times. Use the farthest as possible to assess your flexibility.