- Nadya Fairweather suggests lying on a mat to improve flexibility
- Nutritionist Lola Biggs recommends combining exercise with a diet rich in calcium
- Liz Hemmings reveals her selection of stylish fitness clothes for workouts
What to do
Celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather (u-shape.co.uk) says that for people who sit for hours a day, tight hip flexors can impact other parts of the body—and not in a good way.
To deal with this, first of all lie down on your mat in front of you. Rest your forehead down. Use your right hand to grasp your right foot or the heel of your sock and pull your foot down toward you.
While doing this, press your hip to the floor. Get to the point where you feel it pulling but you are not in agony. Pause until you feel that your body is relaxing. Repeat on the other side. This should be done daily.
Celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather suggests grasping your right leg with your right hand while lying on the mat as part of an exercise to improve flexibility (pictured)
what’s in the food
Nutritionist Lola Biggs (togetherhealth.co.uk) says that diet can also have an effect on flexibility. Healthy connective tissue is the key to flexibility. Eating broccoli, blueberries and kiwis can help the body’s natural production of collagen and other components of your connective tissue.
Calcium helps protect bone and muscle health, which in turn improves flexibility. Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese and green leafy vegetables, rice and oat drinks and foods such as tahini and calcium-set tofu.
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan and struggle to get enough calcium in your diet, try a supplement like Together Health Calcium with Pure Calcified Seaweed (£9.99). Take only two capsules a day.
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