If You Can Do These 5 Exercises, It Means Your Flexibility Is Beyond Average
There are many people in the world who are flexible enough to move freely in any way they please. For such people bending over and touching their toes is no big deal and they have a range of motion that most will envy. Contrary to what many may think, aging is just the number of years chalked up in life. It doesn’t mean that you get restricted to motion. People who are healthy can easily touch their toes even post 50. Those who have good mobility and elasticity is known as having hypermobility which is an asset for sportspersons and stunt people. If you want to know if you have hypermobility, try these 5 exercises and see if you can do it.
A medical test known as the Beighton test is used for determining the elasticity of a person. This test consists of exercises which have been qualified for recommendation by various specialists. There are a total of 5 exercises which can help in reaching the limits of your joint’s flexibility. Specialists use a scale from 1-9 for grading the movements. Everybody part has a movement which needs to be completed successfully to earn a point. 2 points can be earned by performing the exercise correctly for both your left and right hand.
If you score more than 4 points, you are hypermobile
Beighton, who developed this test said that a person scoring more than 4 points have hypermobility. There are a few flaws in the test despite of having a good score. It can surely determine the elasticity of a body part but it doesn’t indicate the hypermobility of a person. It doesn’t even include testing for important joints like ankles and shoulders.
1Exercise 1: Bend your elbow backward
You have to extend your arm outwards as much are you can. Bending your wrist outward would make it easier for you to extend arm more. If your limb can form an angle of 10° or more, you get a point.
The elbow must bend like in this picture
You have to perform this test with both the arms so that you can get 2 points. Take a look at the picture and see if you can do what the swimmer in the picture is doing. Now he is hypermobile.