I won't lie to you guys: When you're a flexible person, it's pretty entertaining to see the looks on people's faces as you casually touch your foot to your head or effortlessly drop down into a center split like it's nothing. But, believe it or not, blowing people's minds isn't the only benefit to being bendy. Flexibility improves everything from your posture to your workouts in the gym, and all it takes is a bit of commitment to daily stretches. Take it from a bendy ballerina herself, who has a few tips to improve your flexibility up her oh so graceful sleeves. And, trust me, these tips and stretches are as beginner-friendly as it gets, people.
Sassy Gregson-Williams is a former ballerina and founder of the wellness blog Naturally Sassy, and she's here to tell you that becoming more flexible definitely isn't an impossible feat, no matter what your body's current skill set looks like. As long as you're sticking to some of the stretches she recommends, you'll start to see improvement much sooner than you think.
"It takes four weeks to visually see improvement, and three months of consistent stretching can show drastic improvement," Gregson-Williams tells Elite Daily over email, emphasizing that the real key to seeing results lies in your consistency and dedication. "I would advise stretching for a short amount of time every day — just five to 10 minutes."
Gregson-Williams recently launched her very own online workout studio, Ballet Blast by Sassy, which includes several accessible, ballet-based workouts you can do in the comfort of your own home. If you want to channel some serious ballerina vibes, you can try one of Gregson-Williams' online workouts and stretch it out afterward with some of the movements she outlines below.
As you do each of these stretches, Gregson-Williams recommends continually engaging your abdominals and staying mindful about the alignment of your hips; keep them as square as possible, she says. "Use deep breathing throughout the stretches, and always think about making the stretch longer instead of deeper," the ballerina explains. "Make sure that, before you stretch, your muscles are warm. Going through a simple warm-up sequence first before stretching is key."
So, if you want better posture, more agility in your workouts, or you just want to see the looks on your friends' faces when you touch your toes with ease, give some of these stretches a shot, and watch how your body evolves.