As we get older, it's normal to feel like we're not as limber as we used to be. But just because it's normal doesn't mean it's any less fun. Though we can't go back in time or stop the aging process, there are some things we can do to help bring some of that flexibility back. One of the best ways we can do that is through stretching.
Stretching can help keep our muscles and joints strong and improve our range of motion so we can get back to doing the things we love without worrying so much about the pain or discomfort.
Stretching doesn't just help with your mobility and flexibility. It can help with a lot of other things too.
When you stretch a muscle, the blood vessels around that muscle will widen and allow more blood to flow through that specific area. Continuous stretching can, over time, improve your circulation and even reduce muscle soreness.
If you're concerned about high blood pressure, stretching can be a good way to help naturally lower your blood pressure.
Stretching your legs, hips, and lower back specifically can help give you more stability and balance to help prevent falls. Adults 65 and older are at a higher risk of falling so it's important to do what we can to help ourselves.
The older we get, the more likely we are to get hit with some form of back pain just because spinal changes are a natural part of aging. Regular physical activity like stretching can help reduce lower back pain in your body and even prevent it from returning.
Make sure to incorporate stretches that target your abdominals and hamstrings to help ease tightness in your lower back.
This type of stretch focuses on exercising your legs, specifically your quadriceps.
This stretch helps exercises more than just your legs, it also works the muscles and joints in your hips, knees, and lower back.
This stretch focuses on the upper body and can help loosen up the muscles and joints in your shoulders and help alleviate discomfort.
Some other exercises that are beneficial and go hand-in-hand with the above benefits include:
**Talk with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
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