As we age, improving our flexibility can play a vital role in maintaining the wellness of our body and allowing it to function in the way that we know it can.
As the years pass, daily activities like bending down, or getting out of bed can become increasingly difficult. These limitations are often caused by a lack of flexibility and strength.
If you've always had ‘tight’ muscles, flexibility is one area that can still be improved as we get older. Here are some ways that stretching can help:
1. Helps improve posture
Upper body stretches can help by allowing you to stand straighter and have more movement through your upper back and arms.
2. Strengthening and lengthening of muscles
Without movement and stretching, muscles become smaller – stretching maintains elasticity in the muscles (similar to a rubber band).
3. Improves joint functioning and increases movement
This is a flow on from elasticity – if the muscles remain longer, then that can help maintain the movement in the joints.
4. Increases blood flow
Movement and stretching promotes blood flow to the muscles and all around the body.
5. Relieves muscle soreness
Stretching can help alleviate tight, sore muscles. Soreness may decrease due to more blood and oxygen flowing into the muscles after stretching.
6. Increases energy levels
Stretching is a part of exercise, and exercise brings positive happy hormones and an elevated mood.
7. Decreased risk of falling
Stretching can improve the condition of the muscles, and lead to increased range of motion in joints; both of which improves balance and coordination, and decreases our risk of falling.
We have two stretching videos in our existing library of short video exercise routines specifically for seniors (with another being published in the coming weeks).
At AgeFIT, our certified functional aging specialist designs and demonstrates online video strength, mobility and balance routines that people can choose to do in their own homes at times that suit them. With 3 levels (basic-moderate-challenging), we have progressions and modifications for most exercises enabling people to adapt the exercises to their individual strengths and weaknesses. People new to AgeFIT can try our routines for 14 days with no on-going obligations. To sign up - click HERE>>. To learn more about AGEFIT - click HERE>>.
The content of this article is the personal view of the author, and is not intended as medical advice. The author is not a licensed medical professional, and this article is not specific medical advice. We recommend that if you have a pre-existing condition, which may be affected by low impact exercise, we recommend you seek the advice of your doctor or specialist before commencing any of our exercise routines.