Anyone else struggle to touch their toes?
I have always been extremely inflexible even when I were a lad but these days (38 now) seems to be getting much harder.Posted 5 years ago
In fact getting beyond my knees sometimes is a bit tough!
I have been trying to do some stretching on a daily basis now but to date its not making much difference…
Anyone else suffer similarly?elzorilloMember
no.. but although very trim and athletic.. I do have trouble bringing my knees up to my chest in a morning to put my socks on. It’s weird as I can do it now without a problem, just in the morning it’s an issue.. full bladder maybe?. (yes I am at work.. and yes.. people will be wondering why I’m pulling my knees up to my chest)Posted 5 years agogofasterstripesSubscriber
I have much the same problems, even at 20 my shortened hamstrings were making touching the floor impossible.
made a hell of a difference. I don’t do it anywhere near as often as I should, but it’s still bloody amazing. NB it’ll take a few weeks for you to get to know the feeling of the stretches working correctly, you have to learn how to relax into them.Posted 5 years agospandoMember
I suffer from a bad lower back. The physio said my hamstrings are too tight and causing the back problems. I don’t stretch as often as I should however when I feel my back starting to stiffen up I find stretching the hamstrings sorts it out.Posted 5 years ago
I suppose we all should be more disciplined and stretch after exercise, I prefer a nice cold bottle of ale lol 😀D0NKSubscriber
Cycling shortens the hamstrings doesn’t it?
thats what I said when a physio chuckled as I struggled to touch my toes at an assessment session. He said that’s cobblers.
bit of irregular stretching first thing and after the ride into work and now I can just touch my toesPosted 5 years agoLSMember
Never have been able to, even as a kid. I can just about reach mid-shin. Really couldn’t care less. People try to tell me that my lack of flexibility will hold me back and no doubt for yoga, gymnastics etc they’re right. But for riding a bike and my general life? It’s never been a hindrance.Posted 5 years agoTurnerGuyMember
A flexibility test was part of a set of tests I had to do at a gym – scale was 0 to 100, based on how far you could reach forward when sitting with your legs straight out in front.
The guy had to go to the office to get a ruler so he could measure back from the start of the scale, giving me a score of -30 🙂Posted 5 years agofeensterSubscriber
I do have trouble bringing my knees up to my chest in a morning to put my socks on.
Try some gentle cat stretches. Focus on tilting your pelvis, rather than arching your back, then spine curves will follow naturally. Keep your stomach muscles relaxed.
Then do child pose for a few minutes, again relax everything into stretch, work on getting your knees as close together as you can while letting you weight relax down.
Then you should be able to put your socks on.
Sun Salutation sequence also great.
Google for cat stretches and child pose. Common yoga/pilates moves.Posted 5 years agoCaptJonMember
Touching your toes is also about back flexibility. If you want to know how flexible your hamstrings are lay on your back and lift a leg up straight, pull it back towards you using your hands and see how far you can get it.
All the physios i’ve seen (and i’ve my fair share) say the above it the best way to stretch your hamstrings because you’re not using gravity to help and you’re not relying on your back.Posted 5 years agocbikeMember
According to my dancer chums its also to do with training the muscles and back and not short hamstrings.
I think this is a yoga move but they all seem to do it. I have tried it and it works.
Sit on the floor with one leg outstretched, the other bent. put your hands around the bent foot and pull towards you. Lean gently forwards and feel the muscle on the outstretched leg stretch. repeat a few times then turn about for a few more stretches. For me I could touch my toes again in about 2 weeks with barely disciplined repetition.
And no bouncing with any stretch, you’ll do yourself an injury.Posted 5 years agoebygommMember
I never recall being able to touch my toes with legs straight. I don’t find it a problem, I have knees in the middle of my legs that I can use if I want to touch my feet 🙂
It’s also the reason I always liked mixed classes at the gym. In an all female class I’d stand out as v. inflexible, if there’s men about they’re normally worse.Posted 5 years agoTuckerUKMember
Never have been able to, even as a kid. I can just about reach mid-shin.
Me too. And I was mercilessly ridiculed by one particular PE teacher for it. Although I can do it with regular stretching exercises.
Of course, know we know that naturally, according to build, (I was very tall and lanky), some people naturally can’t touch their toes without a huge amount of work. My partner can put her palms on the floor with absolutely no trouble at all, and she’s nowhere near as fit and active as me.Posted 5 years ago
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