Stretching is truly underrated and something that most people forget the importance of.
So, why is Stretching so important????
Stretching is important for several reasons. Stretching helps to keep you healthy, your muscles strong and improve your overall flexibility. As we get older it is important to maintain our flexibility in order to help with mobility and proper range of motion in our joints. Proper stretching helps us to avoid muscle shortening and tightening. If we do not maintain our muscles they will weaken and this can lead to decreased range of motion, mobility issues, falls, and possible injury. Consider stretching another preventative health step!
So, try to make stretching a part of every day. Stretching our head, neck, lower back and shoulders, where tension tends to settle is very important. Also rolling joints such as hips, knees and ankles will help to lubricate joints which often effects mobility.
Always hold a stretch strong, firm without wobbling or pulsing, for around 30 seconds. Do not hold the stretch if it is painful. Stretching should feel good and only slight pressure.. it should never be done to the point of pain.
You can stand to do stretching by keeping your legs spread slightly and knees bent, holding your back straight and core muscles as tight as possible or you can sit in a chair if more comfortable. Some excellent senior exercise tapes are on the market and can be used for variety. Tai Chi and senior yoga are also excellent ways to stretch and get moving. Classes can be accessed via video, TV, or by attending classes in your community or through a senior center. As with all exercise programs please consult your physician before beginning and to obtain proper guidance.