As you get age the body starts to wear down. Bones and muscles can begin to weaken. Stretching is one of the easiest ways to stay flexible. And keep you moving. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least twice a week.
There are common misconceptions about stretching. One being that bouncing in the stretch can tear muscles. However, this is definitely not true. Not stretching before a workout will hurt you. Also, this is not true. So, what is the truth about stretching?
Regular stretching can keep hips and hamstrings flexible as you age. Posture and activities affect your muscles daily. Therefore, doing so more regularly will help to prevent stiffness. Do you get back pain from sitting at a desk all day? Poor posture is probably to blame. And, stretching can reverse this poor posture.
Simple Back Stretching
The Standing-Cat-Camel helps stretch back muscles.
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart
- Slightly bend your knees
- Round your back, curving shoulders forward
- Then, arch your back, rolling shoulders back
- Repeat this several times
If your job has you in one position all day, try this stretch. First, take 2 minutes to break every hour. Reverse the unhealthy posture and restore flexibility. So, for it to be beneficial, the key is to stretch regularly.
So, stretching is never a bad idea. In fact, it will keep you limber and most of the time pain-free. As we age, some of us begin to ache in different areas. However, as long as you keep up with the stretches often you may be able to live a less ache-free life.
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