It’s no secret that as we age our skin loses its elasticity, and we lose some muscle tone and bone density. Further, the water content decreases in our tendons which causes them to become stiffer. All of these components play a role in the natural decrease in our flexibility. But don’t fret, the good news is there are ways you can improve your flexibility as you age.
Maintaining and improving flexibility is vital if you want to maintain strong muscles and healthy joints. This will also improve balance which decreases your chances of falling. You’ll also have better workouts, better posture, and you’ll be able to perform your daily activities with ease. So let’s dive into some great exercises that can increase flexibility in seniors!
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A great way to improve your flexibility is to stretch. But before we dive into specific stretching exercises there are some things you need to be mindful of. To start, when stretching never force the stretch. If it feels painful that’s a good indicator you’re pushing too hard. Only stretch to where it feels comfortable.
Further, you also want to perform smooth, gentle movements, never bounce or jerk while stretching. Ensure you’re also breathing slow and steady during each stretch. Finally, if you want to obtain the most benefits from stretching it’s recommended that you stretch at least three times per week for about 10 to 15 minutes each day. Next, let’s explore some stretching exercises you can start doing!